Most people who practice the act of gratitude on a daily basis are happier and healthier than the average person. It is the simple fact that they focus on the positives in their lives, the things that are going right, and the things that make them happy. By showing gratitude, you are expressing appreciation, love, respect, kindness, and in turn, it brings you warmth, hope, and the feeling of great accomplishments. Think of Karma; what goes around comes around. If you are grateful and shower others with gratitude, it will come back to you in return. Thus, making obstacles and setbacks more manageable to overcome, and life happier and healthier.
- Better self-esteem and more confidence
- Lessens anxiety and depression
- Better, more restful sleep
- Increase connections and relationships with others
- Easier to overcome obstacles and challenges
- Increase levels of creativity
- Increase energy and vitality
- Boosts immune system
- Decreases feelings of anger, envy, frustrations, and acts of aggression.
- Increases mental strength
The more you think about and express gratitude, the better you feel. It is a little addicting in that manner. It goes along with the power of positive thinking. The more you practice it, the more you feel uplifted, inspired, and happy. This in turn, often leads you to taking better care of yourself and your overall physical, mental, and emotional health. When things seem to be not going well for you, pause and think about what is good in your situation, your surroundings, your life. When you feel like you are not getting what you want or need, think about what it is that you do have and be thankful for the little things that are going well in your life. The more you focus on what you are grateful for, the more you will find that you will get what you need to succeed. It might not be what you thought initially, but a different way of looking at the same situation to get you the results that will lead to happiness in the long run.
If you are not already in the habit of practicing being grateful, take this next week to start writing a few things down each day that you are grateful for and share some of them next week with your friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers for Thanksgiving. Keep it up during the following month, even if it is just one thing every day that you are feel gratitude toward and see how you feel by New Years.
Even in dark times, there is always something to be grateful for in your life. A simple ‘Thank you’ or a hug goes a long way to help make someone else’s day a little brighter. Share your appreciation, your gratitude, and see how the benefits help both you and those around you.
I hope that you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving holiday next week. Appreciate the small things and express your gratitude.