Gratitude can be down to appreciating the good things in your life. It doesn’t always seem simple though. When things are hectic or stressful, finding the silver lining can be challenging. However, learning how to embrace gratitude can significantly boost your happiness. Being grateful offers a host of other benefits you’re probably not aware of, too. Let’s take a closer look at the concept and ways it can improve your life
and how to practice it.
There are many definitions of gratitude. Some people believe it’s a feeling or emotion. Others look at it as more of a mood. Still, some folks believe gratitude is a personality trait a person exhibits. These can all be correct. Gratitude elicits satisfaction and appreciation in a person through feelings, actions or even inherent qualities. However, even those of us who may be inclined to feel grateful on a regular basis through our glass-half-full-optimism likely need to work on evoking such an outlook. Gratitude can be viewed as a practice you perform regularly. Most people practice something because it benefits them, and this is true of gratitude. As with other practices, you’ll get better at showing gratitude the more you work at it.
Benefits of Embracing Gratitude
There are many benefits of gratitude and several of them have been scientifically proven over the years. Once you begin to understand these, chances are good you’ll see why it’s so important to develop a grateful mindset. Gratitude can positively influence your physical and mental health. Research has shown that gratitude can improve relaxation, sleep quality and energy levels. Being thankful for your blessings can enhance your emotional wellness and mindset. You’ll deal better in crisis situations and find you’re more resilient when you’re able to look on the bright side and this can contribute to better relationships, too. Appreciating the positives in life can make you feel happier.
Ways to Practice Gratitude
Recognizing your blessings may not come easily at first, but there are ways to help make it a habit and a regular part of your routine. One of the most convenient and impactful methods for cultivating appreciation is through keeping a gratitude journal. In this practice, you’ll write three things each day you’re grateful for, which makes it easier to notice and recognize those good things. Meditation has also been shown to help. Also, trying to thank someone each day, for even the smallest thing, opens your eyes and heart to abundance. Giving back and doing good for others can provide tremendous perspective as well.
Now you have a better idea of just what making a concerted effort to count your blessings can do for your life. Embracing and expressing gratitude are more important than many of us realize.
See you tomorrow for Day #2 – “Start and End Your Day my Counting You Blessings”