My life started changing when I read “The Secret” book. Before reading this book, practicing gratitude was an alien concept for me. To be honest, it sounded so cheesy. However, when your life is going downhill, there is no harm in trying something new, right? I started practicing gratitude, and in the next few days, I realized the power of gratitude.
Importance of Gratitude in Life
It is essential to count the blessings because we all deserve to feel blessed.
Your life might suck now.
Hold on, wait for a second.
Does it really suck?
If you are reading this, you probably have a smartphone or a laptop with an active internet connection.
Are you thankful for these luxuries? Or have you taken these things for granted?
To experience the benefits of gratitude, you should start appreciating your current situation.
And you should not appreciate it just for the sake of appreciating it. You should truly feel it. Change your perspective, feel blessed, and be grateful for it.
Being thankful might be difficult in the early days. But it becomes easier with each passing day.
When your boss is shouting at you, instead of taking the negative energy for him, focus on how thankful you are for the job. It is the same job that pays your monthly expenditure.
How to Practice Gratitude?
If you truly want to practice gratitude, you will have to stop taking things for granted. When you do that, you will find gratitude everywhere.
When was the last time you complained?
No one is judging you. Just be honest with yourself.
For many of us, complaining works like therapy. After all, when you complain, you express your discomfort, and you relieve yourself from the burden of carrying the negative thought within yourself. But does it really help?
The problem is that when you complain regularly, your brain automatically wires to look at the problem or find something negative in every situation. Your immediate response to it is that you complain about it. And when you complain, you focus only on the negative element, and this makes life a lot harder.
Practicing gratitude changes everything. When you choose to be thankful for the things you have, you realize how frivolous are the things for which you kept on complaining about.
Do you believe in the law of attraction? If yes, it will be easier for you to understand how practicing gratitude works. If you want something more logical or “scientific”, you should consider Newton’s third law. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
The more you complain, the more you will get things and situations to complain about.
The more you practice gratitude, the more you will get things and situations to be grateful for.
You can practice gratitude in two simple ways:
1.Keep a gratitude journal, and write down the things that you are thankful for in the day. (I use a gratitude journal by Insights)
2. Tell someone you love about all the things that you are grateful for the day.
Create a habit to say “Thank You” and see how the universe works for you. Keep an attitude of gratitude.
If you don’t know how to start this practice of gratitude, you can try using this worksheet. (Gratitude Journal: PDF Copy)
Benefits of Gratitude
The first and foremost benefit of practicing thankfulness is that you change your perspective. You clear the window through which you are looking at the world. And you feel blessed.
And we all know that one needs to be in good mental health to achieve great things.
While doing my research for this article, I came across a journal article titled “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life” by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough.
In their study, they examined the effect of a grateful outlook on both psychological and physical well-being.
The findings of the investigations are:
- Gratitude listings resulted in an optimistic and positive appraisal of one’s life.
- Self-guided daily gratitude exercises allow the people to focus on the blessings. They also reported having helped someone with their problems.
- Gratitude serves as a moral motivator Gratitude intervention led to a reduction in negative affect.
- The positive effect of practicing gratitude are more sleep, better sleep quality, a sense of connectedness with others, and greater optimism.
5 Ways in Which Being Thankful Has Changed My Life
For a long time, I used to pity myself. All I could see around myself was negativity. Now, I understand why I was surrounded by negativity. I attracted the negative vibes with my negative thoughts.
When I started practicing gratitude, my life changed for good. And it made me happier. I will share the positive changes in my life with you now.
- Nothing is taken for granted by me now.
- I started focusing on what I have instead of the things I lacked.
- I became more self-aware.
- A way of positive energy floats inside me.
- I am a bit selfless now. Previously, my world revolved only around my problems.
- I now stay happy. Of course, there are days when I am sad, but most of the day, I stay happier.
Being thankful has changed my life for better; I hope it does the same for you.