Often deep in the depths of stress from this ever so rapid pace of life, we seem to forget to slow down and appreciate the little things. We forget to take a breather on most days as we seem to think that charging through will be the best way to go. But what if we stopped to think once in a while and apply some gratitude into life
What Is Gratitude?
Gratitude is simply the feeling and expressing of personal appreciation. But as simple as it may be, it is something that isn’t practiced by all. Make a change this New Year and start implementing gratitude into your life. Trust me; this is beneficial not only for yourself but everyone around you.
Why Should I Practice Gratitude?
It changes your perspective of life. We focus much of our attention and energy stressing about things that are out of control. For example, late to work and the car in front of you is moving unbelievably slow? Your initial reaction is to get angry and frustrated by the seemingly negative situation. But what if you practiced gratitude?
Instead of getting angry by the things you can’t control, you can start thinking of the positive aspects in your life that have led you to the situation. You have a car. You have a job. You are safe. You have a home… the list could go on and on. These are the things we take for granted on the daily but on a greater scale, these are the things that make your life what it is. Gratitude is the complete opposite of feeling discontent.
Research has suggested that those who practice the act of being grateful experience a number of great benefits in their life. Reasons for practicing gratitude include:
Gratitude strengthens relationships
Gratitude makes us feel closer and more connected to friends and intimate partners. When partners feel and express gratitude for each other, they each become more satisfied with their relationship.
Gratitude promotes contentment
Practicing gratitude is one of the best ways to promote the state of contentment as it triggers positive emotions. Feelings of joy, happiness, and enthusiasm will improve your mood throughout the days.
Gratitude improves sleep
Grateful people tend to get more sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more rested upon awakening. If you want to sleep more soundly, instead of counting sheep count your blessings.
Gratitude encourages “paying it forward”
Grateful people are generally more helpful, generous of spirit, and compassionate. These qualities often spill over onto others.
How To Start Your New Attitude Of Gratitude
If you’re ready to kick start your new attitude, try practicing a few of these easy things:
1. Start a ‘Gratitude Journal’
Pick the prettiest notebook you have and list down the things you are most grateful for. Make sure you curate one list a day and if you really feel like it, write down the reasons why you are grateful for said person/thing/memory. This is a good way to look back on the things that matter the most to you when you are feeling a little low.
2. Thank people more often
A simple “thank you” will go a long way. Showing others that you are thankful for their help and gestures will make them feel special and in return, you will feel the same way too. Acknowledging someone’s efforts will benefit you and the receiving party — it feels good making other people smile!