We frequently hear about how being grateful can change your life from many motivational speakers and authors all around. How you can make your life entirely blissful by incorporating the practice of gratitude in your daily routine. How it can help you from improving your relationships to decreasing stress levels to your quality of sleep and many other endless things.
So, what is Gratitude??
A lot of people think gratitude is only saying “thank you” but it is a lot more than just that. Gratitude is an emotion/feeling for expression of joy which comes from appreciation and thankfulness. It can also be described as a personality trait, an attitude, mood or way of living. It is natural to feel grateful when life is too good, and things are happening the way we wanted them to be, but it is very difficult when we are in a situation which we do not want, or we are desiring something we don’t yet have.
Expressing gratitude is the most effective method of producing feelings of happiness. When you feel truly grateful your brain releases some hormones which will make you feel more peaceful, less reactive, and less resistant. Many scientific studies show gratitude can transform your brain by changing the molecular structure of your brain which helps it to function in a better way, strengthens your immunity system and keeps us healthier and happier.
Regular practice of gratitude can make a huge difference in your way of living life and encourages positive emotions, make you feel more alive, and adds more compassion and kindness into your personality. Thus, the feeling of gratitude should not be restricted to only glorious moments and we should make it as a habit.
How we can make gratitude a habit
There are no shortcuts for having this wonderful habit and the only way to cultivate an attitude of gratitude is by practicing it consistently with a lot of patience.
Here are a few simple ways to practice gratitude:
- Gratitude Journal: Keep a gratitude journal to write down a list of things you are grateful in life. Do this once or twice in a day and try to list things as many as possible. Feel grateful from your heart for each thing you are listing in it rather than merely saying thank you.
- Meditation: A very powerful tool to calm your mind and it will help you to focus on the positive side of life.
- Set Reminders in your Phone: It might sound silly to constantly reminding yourself to feel grateful, but when you will practice it, being thankful become easy.
- Spend time with your loved ones/family and friends and express gratitude for everything they do for you.
- Let go of your past and anxiety of the future and focus on what you are doing right now.
- Be kind to yourself- Focus on self-care and be thankful for everything your body and mind do for you.
You may have many reasons to feel disappointed and worried but if you consciously choose to be grateful regardless of the situation, you can change your life for the better and you will able to lead a happy life.