“Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have”
Gratitude is feeling appreciation so deep in your heart for all the beautiful blessings you have in your life. Gratitude has the power of transforming your whole life. It can change the way you view yourself, your friendships, your family, your marriage and the way you view life. It’s a very important habit to practice if you want to increase your happiness and feel satisfied with your life. Many people might already know this but still not put it into practice. In this post, I will be sharing with you the amazing benefits of gratitude and how you can implement it every day to change your life.
BENEFITS OF BEING GRATEFUL
- Increases happiness
- Improves your health & immune system
- Improves sleep
- Improves your self-esteem
- Increases mental strength
- Heightens your quality of life
- Reduces stress
- Increases your energy levels
- Helps you feel positive and optimistic
- Helps you feel satisfied with your life
- It brings more blessings to your life
THE IMPORTANCE OF GRATITUDE
Most people think being grateful is to simply say thank you. Practicing daily gratitude is more than just saying thank you. Gratitude is feeling grateful for all that you have no matter how big or small. Being grateful for things that money can’t buy, like family, love, health, seeing, breathing, smelling, feeling, etc.
When I started practicing gratitude every day, writing down in my journal everything I was grateful for, it changed my whole life. I found myself happier and more optimistic every day. I started appreciating everything I had in my life more. I started to feel content and satisfied with what I had in my life. It’s such an amazing feeling that is hard to even put into words!
Sometimes as humans we tend to see what we don’t have in our lives and what we lack which in turn makes us unhappy, thinking that we need more in life to be happy.
Gratitude makes you see how much you already have in your life and how it is ENOUGH for you to be happy with what you currently have. Everything else you receive in life is just an added bonus to what you already have.
You will not only change your life but you will change the life of those around you. They will notice how much happier and optimistic you are. In turn, you will inspire and uplift them as well.
HOW TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE
A way to practice gratitude is by having a gratitude journal. Whether that’s on your phone, computer, or an actual journal.
To make feeling grateful a habit, everyday write at least 3 or more things you are grateful for and why you are grateful for them in detail. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes a day, it can make a tremendous positive impact to your day and your life.
Here is an example: I am grateful for_____ because__________________.
Once you are done writing, read it to yourself. Don’t just simply read them but feel the gratitude for each one of those blessings. The key is to feel grateful! You won’t see results just by thinking about gratitude. The positive shift comes from feeling the gratitude in your heart.
If you have never done this before you might find it hard to practice it every day. There will be days when life gets busy and you won’t have time for it. There might be days when you had a hard stressful day and you might not want to but taking the time to write down at least ONE thing you are grateful for that day and why you are grateful for it in detail. This will help you feel it more profoundly. It will make your day better and you will be able to sleep better too. The only way to see results is by practicing gratitude every day.
It’s easier to be grateful when your life is going great but it’s even more important to practice gratitude when life isn’t going well. That way it will give you hope and help you stay motivated to keep going. It will make you see how you still have so many blessings regardless of the hardship you might be going through.
If you shift your mind from thinking about what is missing in your life to being grateful for what you already have, that is when you will start to see your life change. That is when you start to feel happier and more joyful. You will not only benefit yourself but your happiness and positive outlook will change the lives of those around you.
Everyone has far greater blessings than they have troubles. Really sit and think profoundly of all you are grateful for. If you do this every day, you will rewire your brain and gratitude will become a part of you. Instead of thinking about all your troubles or the things you are lacking, you will guide yourself back to thinking about all your current blessings. Gratitude will make you feel what you have is already good enough for you to feel happy, and the other blessings that come into your life are just an added bonus. Of course, you should still have goals to improve your life and continue growing but don’t wait till those goals are accomplished to feel happy. Be happy with what you have achieved till now and be happy looking forward to accomplishing your future goals.
Everyday for the next 30 days, write down 3 or more things you are grateful every day. Don’t forget to feel the gratitude in your heart. Even when you are having a bad day, remember that this can help that bad day turn into a better day. Be grateful and express your gratitude to everyone and everything.
No matter what you have been through in life, you always have the power to change your life for the better. So for today and the rest of your life, I highly encourage you to practice gratitude on the daily. It will change your whole life just like it has changed mine and many others.
“Never let the things you WANT make you forget the things you HAVE.”
Have a wonderful day! 🙂