Gratitude practices — like journaling things you are thankful for — have been proven to increase happiness and life satisfaction.
But can it actually make you rich?
In the The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace Wattles writes, “The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore, it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best and will receive the best.”
Most of us agree that gratitude is a good thing. The question is: can it create what wasn’t there before? Tangible things…like opportunity…or a great space to live in…or actual personal wealth.
If you are looking for evidence, here are 10 wealthy people who are logging the things they are grateful for. And it seems to be paying off — in a big way:
Oprah Winfrey — Net worth: $3.2 billion
Well-known, media mogul, award-winning television host, actress, and author Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential people on the planet.
In her article, What Oprah Knows for Sure About Gratitude, Winfrey writes: “For years I’ve been advocating the power and pleasure of being grateful. I kept a gratitude journal for a full decade without fail — and urged you all to do the same. Then life got busy. My schedule overwhelmed me. I still opened my journal some nights, but my ritual of writing down five things I was grateful for every day started slipping away.”
Winfrey recounts that when she let the demands of her career push out the practice, her joy started to wane. She shares, “Recently, in the process of building a television network, I got so focused on the difficulty of the climb that I lost sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb. Only when I began feeling gratitude for the opportunity to serve a new audience in a new way did a shift happen. Viewers started saying the most amazing things — things that aligned exactly with my vision of what OWN can be.”
Tony Robbins — Net worth: $480 Million
Not only does Robbins have a personal gratitude practice, he also encourages others to do the same.
“I believe the ultimate path to enlightenment is the cultivation of gratitude. When you’re grateful, fear disappears. When you’re grateful, lack disappears. You feel a sense that life is uniquely blessed, but at the same time, you feel like you’re part of everything that exists and you know that you are not the source of it. In that state, you show up differently for the people around you.”
Cindy Crawford — Net worth: $100 million
Cindy Crawford is an internationally known American supermodel and actress. In an interview with New York Magazine’s The Cut, Crawford shared how a gratitude moment is part of her daily routine.
“I live in Malibu at the beach so the first thing I do is go out and get in the Jacuzzi. I look at the ocean as the sun is coming up and watch that every morning. That’s the time before anyone needs anything from me, so I can walk through my day and see where something might slip through the cracks. It’s also when I can have that gratitude moment. And when I get out I have a green tea.”
Kelsey Grammer — Net worth: $60 million
Kelsey Grammer is an actor, comedian, television producer, director, and writer, who is best known for his two-decade portrayal of character “Frasier Crane” on the sitcom Cheers and its spinoff, Frasier.
In a Time magazine article, Grammer told the interviewer “I hit my knees every day and express gratitude.”
Chris Pratt — Net worth, $40 million
Chris Pratt is an actor who moved from a supporting role in the sitcom Parks and Recreation to a blockbuster action hero with credits such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World.
“Usually before I eat a meal I’ll list the things for which I’m grateful. I do that with my wife [Anna Faris],” Pratt told Hollywood journalist Jeanne Wolf.
Willie Nelson — Net worth, $25 million
Willie Nelson is a legendary country music singer-songwriter, as well as an actor and activist. Nelson has earned his net worth through his musical career, songwriting and his many roles in television and films, as well as the writing of his autobiography and other books.
Nelson is quoted as saying, “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”