"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie
Being thankful doesn’t only show one's manners but also keeps one happy and healthy. When you are grateful, your body releases Dopamine and Serotonin, primarily known as happy hormones. This is why you feel extremely happy and content when you practise gratitude. The equation is as simple as that. There are numerous benefits of being happy. It doesn't only make us more attractive but also takes care of our overall well-being. Happy people are full of life, energetic, positive. They have reduced blood pressure, impressive self-esteem and comparatively live longer than unhappy people. If you don’t have a deep understanding of what does gratitude mean, you can’t experience its surprising benefits. One of the best selling non-fiction books - Ikigai also talks about how gratitude can help people live longer and happier.
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It’s common to look at someone else’s life and compare your life to theirs. Remember, Comparison is a negative emotion. When you do it, you overlook all the great things that you are blessed with. Understand that, while you are crying over things that you don’t have, someone else may be wishing to have the exact things that you have. One of the most heart-warming quotes on gratitude by Mahatma Gandhi is, “I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet”. This sums up why gratitude is so important.
How should one practise Gratitude effectively?
Practising gratitude is not rocket science. Plus, it can be done in various ways. When you connect the power of your subconscious mind with gratitude, it can help you be positive throughout the day. I’d ask you one question. What is the root cause of all your problems?
Comparison? Yes? If someone has a bicycle, he mostly looks at someone who has a motorcycle and feels sad about his life.
If someone has a motorcycle, he mostly looks at someone who owns a car and feels miserable about his life (without knowing) But, when you thank god for blessing you with things that many others don’t have, you feel positive about your life. You start to take your life as a blessing, not a misery. Practising gratitude can’t be simpler. You can try out any of these ways.
1. Right before sleeping (since during this time your subconscious mind is the most active), thank god for the things that he has given you.
2. Start journaling. Make a habit of writing down all the good things in your life (be thankful for them). You can use various apps to do that but I personally, prefer using a notepad and pen for doing a gratitude journal.
3. Be thankful to other humans. Other than being grateful to god, remind your loved ones, what they mean to you. Treat every human being with love and kindness. Remember, compassion is the best gift you can gift to anyone.
5 Benefits of Being Grateful that you’d love (for sure)
1. It takes care of your physical wellbeing
Being unhappy makes you do things that may give you temporary happiness but keeps you far away from contentment. For eg: Avoiding workouts, binge-eating, sleeping all day, procrastinating etc. It makes you much happier inside and out. When you are happy, you take control of your life, and thus you opt for healthy life choices.
2. It opens the door for opportunities
Well, believe it or not, but gratitude can actually bring you lots of opportunities in any aspect of your life. Be it your career, relationships, family, friends or whatnot. The amalgamation of gratitude and faith creates various opportunities as you feed your subconscious mind with positivity.
3. It makes you emotionally stable
Our mind has both positive and negative thoughts. When the weightage of negative emotions increases, you start to feel anxious and miserable. This is where being grateful becomes extremely beneficial for you. When you are grateful, all the toxic energy gets overpowered by positivity. Not just this, you also feel satisfied quite often because of practising gratitude.
4. It amps up self-esteem
Happiness is the by-product of gratitude and self-esteem is of happiness. When you are grateful to others, you start to notice positive things about them. And the habit of seeing the good in others eventually enhances self-esteem.
5. It neglects negative emotions
Anger, impatience, comparison are negative emotions. These become more fierce when you stop giving attention to them. One of the benefits of gratitude for students is that it helps them be calmer and patient in life. This is why gratitude is extremely important for kids.
This brings us to the end of this article. We hope reading this article may have given you a good idea of how being grateful can do wonders in your life.