“The struggle ends when Gratitude begins!” Neale Donald Walsh
According to scientific research, developing an attitude of Gratitude will improve your personality, your health, your emotional wellbeing, your social life and your career!
The simple reason for this great array of benefits is that, the act of Gratitude is the act of focusing on the good in life. When you become more aware of the good in your current life, you are also more likely to be optimistic about your future.
So, how thankful and appreciative are you, for what you have?
Do you count your blessings every day, or are you more prone to think about the negative things that are troubling you?
If it’s the latter, know that you can change your outlook and your personality and you can live a happier life, simply by developing new habits of Gratitude. Studies have shown that this can take several months of practice to achieve this new way of being, but it’s definitely worth it. Let’s explore why?
5 Reasons to BE grateful
1. Popular Personality
Feeling grateful will make us kinder and more friendly to others. We are more likely to feel comfortable in our own skin and less envious of others. Potentially we could find ourselves on the receiving end of extra help or generosity, as others appreciate our ability to show how thankful we are. When we regularly show appreciation to our partners and friends, we are more likely to have long-term successful relationships.
TIP: Never underestimate the power of a handwritten ‘Note of Thanks’.
2. Healthier Mind & Body
Spending the day in feelings of appreciation gives us both the energy and the motivation to take better care of ourselves, making the best food choices and exercise strategies that help to keep us younger and healthier. Holding feelings of Gratitude in our hearts at bedtime helps the body to feel relaxed and safe, so if we want better sleep then we need to keep our last thoughts of the day on things that are positive and kind.
Regular practice of gratitude holds the autonomic nervous system in a place of rest and digest, which boosts our immune function and enables us to recover more quickly from illness.
TIP: Smile as often as you can. This tricks the body into releasing happy hormones.
3. Emotional well-being
None of us can avoid life’s arrows, so if we want to build greater resilience to traumatic events then we need to build more gratitude. Bouncing back from stress requires an ability to see mistakes as, just feedback, or challenges as, great opportunities. When we see that “all clouds have silver linings” if we look for them, we can find new ways to manage adversity. The good news is that science tells us, none of us are able to hold opposing beliefs or emotions at the same time, so instead of choosing anger or fear next time, look for something that will trigger a feeling of Gratitude.
TIP: Use The RASA Rule (to learn how to use this, go to our blog Calm, Centred & Connected)
4. Successful Social life
If we want to create good friendships and meaningful relationships, then regularly showing appreciation is a great way to show you care. It’s all too easy to get used to our friends and take their kindness and generosity for granted. So next time, someone invites to their social gathering or just messages you to check in, be sure to let them know how thankful you are. You might find yourself being more highly thought of and invited more often. Being appreciated tends to make us want to give and do more, for those who take the time to say thanks.
TIP: Do not take friends for granted. Keep seeing their qualities and what you love about them.
5. Career Growth
If we want to reach our career goals, then there is nowhere better than the work environment to put this gratitude strategy into full action. Showing gratitude will help your network grow stronger, improve your interactions with colleagues, give you greater job satisfaction and increase the opportunities for promotion. Remember, the attitude of gratitude will make you more popular and be likely to attract good mentors to you or develop trusted colleagues.
TIP: Just say “Thank You” more often.
5 Easy Ways to Practice & Cultivate Gratitude
1. Start with Daily Journalling. Just 5 new things every day
2. Writing Gratitude Letters to an individual or a group
3. Give Compliments and show appreciation to others – every day
4. Include an act of kindness in your life each day.
5. Create a vision board with everything you are grateful for.
How do I start practising my Gratitude?
The best time to practice Gratitude is first thing in the morning and last thing at night! You will be setting yourself up for a great day and a restful sleep.
A key component that is vital, is that you ensure you connect with a FEELING of GRATITUDE and really FEEL that FEELING in YOUR WHOLE BODY! It’s not enough to go through the motions or write it down, you need to FEEL it!
Tip: Physically placing your hand on your heart will help you to connect with the feeling of Gratitude and maintain your focus while you practice.
The Power of Gratitude is real, so if you want to attain more life satisfaction and improved well-being then the best thing you can do is to pursue the skill of gratitude above all else.
What are you Grateful for today?
Credit & Thanks to:
Dr Robert Emmons a Gratitude researcher, scientifically studied Gratitude for over 10 years.