Imagine there was a new drug on the market that boasted the side effects of bettering your affiliate marketing business, improving your physical & mental health while making you a happier human being. Imagine that this drug has absolutely no negative side effects. Chances are that you’d be willing to take it.

What if we told you that you can get all of the above mentioned benefits without a magical drug?

The answer:

Gratitude.

A whopping 13% of the world is unhappy and a higher percentage of people identify as “neither happy nor unhappy”.Those who are more fulfilled, experience more positive emotions related to personal growth, such as gratitude. Gratitude gradually result in a more creative, explorative and resilient mindset that promotes personal and community growth.

Where does that leave me, especially in the affiliate marketing niche?

It might be time to ask yourself, “which category do I fall into?” Think about how your placement might affect your status as an affiliate marketer who crushes both their personal and professional goals.

You might not be where you’d like to be on the happiness axis. However, the fact that you are already an affiliate marketing or thinking about it allows you the freedom to be happier.

Does this seriously work?

Yes, seriously! But, as online affiliates, we must possess a solid level of practicality. Life is hard, affiliate marketing is hard and expressing gratitude can be daunting at times. But if we want to discover the key to organic self-improvement, enhanced productivity, and overall better mental fitness, gratitude is the starting point for success .

Getting a better understanding about the benefits of gratitude, and learning how to integrate it more into your daily life as an online marketer, is important. If you’re still not convinced that gratitude is the super hack to self-improvement keep reading to explore the many benefits of gratitude.

THE BENEFITS OF BEING GRATEFUL

1. Resilience

Resiliency is a necessary component of a successful affiliate and is a characteristic indicative of a healthy dedication to personal growth. It’s the thing that’ll keep you going after you find out your top affiliate networks have fallen through. Or that your digital marketing efforts have taken a wrong turn and your conversion funnel now looks more like a clogged sink drain.

It might sound counterintuitive that something as simple as gratitude can lead to one of the most sought after qualities known to man.

So, gratitude leads to resilience. Great. But where does resiliency lie in the equation of self-improvement? According to Entrepreneur, being resilient helps to nurture the belief that “nothing is insurmountable.” Possessing this sort of indestructible mindset grants us the freedom to bounce back quickly from the adversity we run into as affiliate marketers. Instead of cracking under the pressure of our inevitable struggles and failures, we realize that there’s always more than one way up the same mountain.

2. Relationships will improve

Business, and life, is all about connections – and building authentic relationships with people is as much a key to success as is raising capital. Many people operate under the belief that reputation is everything. And the person who’s known for his or her rock solid interpersonal skills is the person everyone’s eager to meet themselves. With that, online affiliates have more freedom to build and expand on a community of like-minded people who can ultimately lead to further success down the line.

The link between gratitude and its positive effects on personal relationships has long been studied. Researchers have concluded that gratitude is the key to creating deeper and healthier relationships. Using this tool is essential for improving business connections and relationships in all areas of life. By practicing gratitude regularly you will be better able to show appreciation to the important people in your life, which won’t only improve your happiness, but also theirs.

The general gist here? Do good; be good. When you’re surrounded by a community of support, full of people who are just as invested in your success as you are, it’s almost impossible not to be grateful. You must also express that gratitude to those around you, in order to start living in a place of constant self-improvement and fulfillment.

3. Self-awareness

As humans, we’re hardwired to act on our impulses and it’s not entirely due to a lack of self-control. We’re all embedded with unbreakable habits that have become a part of our everyday existence. Every time you experience what you perceive to be failure, your productivity can take a hit. In response to the failure, you subconsciously fall into your natural habit of slacking off and thus getting less done. Unconscious habits like these are especially dangerous for online marketers, because they almost always make “bad” situations worse. Being enslaved to your habitual ways of thinking, behaving and, reacting, can be fatal for your business. Your greatest advantage to fight off negative habitual patterns is self-awareness, which can be a natural byproduct of practicing gratitude.

Reshaping a habit is entirely doable. According to Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, “when a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit – unless you find new routines – the pattern will unfold automatically.”

Gratitude can help with this. By being more aware of the blessings that surround us, rather than all of the seemingly crappy things about our lives, we’re instantly more capable of making better decisions about our next course of action and are thus more free from our often destructive habitually.

Fostering self-awareness, though, often requires a little bit more than just an attitude of gratitude. It also goes hand in hand with the trendy new term, “mindfulness.” The term, coined by renowned Buddhist scholar, T.W. Rhys Davids, has made waves in the past 10 years based on its many positive consequences in the human brain, such as: “self-control, objectivity, affect tolerance, enhanced flexibility, equanimity, improved concentration and mental clarity, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others and one’s self with kindness, acceptance and compassion.” In essence, mindfulness is an ancient practice that happens to have a multitude of modern day implications and is in direct correlation with one of the most appealing benefits of gratitude – self-awareness.

4. Last but not least

As an online entrepreneur, maintaining a daily gratitude practice has the ability to improve virtually every aspect of your life.  Emitting that sort of positive energy into the world only attracts more positivity and growth.

Take a look around you. You might be surprised by how much you have to be grateful for. Through practicing gratitude in your everyday life, it’ll become more clear how even the failures, struggles and setbacks you’ve experienced are a necessary part of your journey.

Take a few moments right now and write down 5 things about today that you’re grateful for. Comment below with your list and your experience with gratitude. We’d love to hear from you.