Gratitude is simply taking time to think about all the positive things in your life. Rather than ruminating on the negatives. It does not necessarily necessitate actually telling anyone else you are thankful for the thingsthey have done. (Although, that helps)!
Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools for increasing happiness. Research shows it is the single most powerful method of increasing happiness.
Gratitude is defined as thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratis “pleasing, thankful”, is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts.
There are many benefits of gratitude. Yet, I decided to do at least eleven.
1. IMPROVES PHYSICAL HEALTH
2. IMPROVES SLEEP
3. Reduces Stress
4. IMPROVES YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
5. ENHANCED SELF ESTEEM
6. MORE RESILIENCE
7. CHANGES MEMORIES
8. IMPROVES YOUR EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
9. BETTER RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL LIFE
10. MORE CAREER OR BUSINESS SUCCESS
11. BETTER MANIFESTING
GRATITUDE QUESTIONS: Ask yourself the following questions:
- What am I grateful for in my life?
- What am I proud of in my life?
- What do I love about my life?
- What made today great?
- What was good about today?
Notice what comes up when you ask these questions. Gratitude questions are powerful because it focuses your mind on answering the question and this will lead to more things that you are grateful for.
GRATITUDE BUCKET LIST
You probably already have a bucket list for holiday destinations, experiences, and people you would like to meet. What about having a gratitude bucket list? Think of all those things that you have already achieved, the places you’ve already visited, the people that you’ve already met, Create a gratitude bucket list of all the things you’ve already achieved.
SHOWING APPRECIATION TO OTHERS.
What can you do that will brighten up someone else’s day? How could you show gratitude or appreciation for something that someone else has done? You can show your gratitude and appreciation face to face, via text message, email, or on social media.
As you can see, there are lots of great benefits of gratitude. I hope this convinces you that it’s worth practicing being grateful on a daily basis. The best time is first thing in the morning when you get up and just before going to bed.
However, practicing being grateful throughout the day is great as well. It will make you feel better about yourself and happier too. It will balance your life as you’ll be focusing on things you already have, as well as focusing on the things you want.