How Gratitude Helps You Win More

by | Dec 5, 2018 | Articles | 0 comments

Thanksgiving was a couple weeks ago here in the U.S. – a day when millions of people gathered with their families, stuffed their faces with turkey and mashed potatoes and considered all that they’re thankful for. You’ve gotta love tradition.

But why just be especially thankful on one day?

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be thankful every day – and if you’re looking to get better results in Magic, then you may want to demonstrate your gratitude more often.

The biggest reason I’m mentioning this is because I actually have first-hand experience of the benefits of feeling thankful – and as a guy who isn’t super upbeat and happy all the time, gratitude is what digs me out of some of the worst mindsets – even in Magic.

I’m not going to get into all of the science behind the many, many positive benefits of feeling thankful – the experts mention that pretty well in this article.

I will say this much as it relates to Magic – being grateful will:


  • Reduce tilt. Feeling thankful has a way of negating negativity.
  • Reduce your pressure to win. Because when you’re grateful, you feel like you already have so much, and you won’t feel like you have to win.
  • Improve your experience at a given event.
  • Help you think more clearly. Feeling grateful reduces your worries, freeing up brain power for other things – like combat math!


It all adds up to more success in Magic.

How do you be more grateful?

It’s easy. Just think of what you’re grateful for. You can write down what you’re thankful for when you’re in between matches, or you can just think it. It’s really that simple.

When I’m in the middle of a match, I always try to catch myself in the moment every now and then and think to myself, “I’m just thankful that I’m sitting here playing this game that I love.”

If you want to focus on other Magic-related things, you can be thankful for your friends who travel to events with you and playtest with you, or be thankful for the awesome cards that you have. You can even be thankful for your improvement at the game.

Of course, it should go without saying that you shouldn’t simply be thankful for Magic-related things. What else in your life are you grateful for?

If you really want to feel the maximum benefits of gratitude, start your day by thinking of 10 things that you’re thankful for. By the time you get to 8, you’ll feel like you have it all.

Be thankful and win more. It sounds cheesy, but I’m telling you – IT WORKS.

What are some of the things you’re thankful for? Tell us about it by replying to this email or by posting on the MTG Pro Tutor Facebook page.

Thanks for reading.

– Jeff Sheerin, MTG Pro Tutor Scribe

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