THE POWER OF GRATITUDE
Ever wonder, what is the best way to overcome your stress and anxiety? During difficult times or in times of uncertainty, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by life. Negative thoughts and emotions can creep in, which can make it difficult to have an optimistic view about life. However, in times like this, one simple practice is Gratitude, which can help ease such negative feelings
The challenge of gratitude is connected to the chaos of our daily routine. Its very easy to be negative and focus on everything that’s wrong in our surroundings. For instance, think of your daily routine for a minute, do you start your day with opening your phone, scrolling through social media, and being overwhelmed by “things to do today”? but if you implement gratefulness in your life, you’ll see the great impact it makes on your life, that is, how people respond to you and see you! Hence, making your world a better place.
“Gratitude is an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”
— Robert Emmons
Benefits Of Being Grateful
Practicing gratitude is considered as probably one of the best things you can do to bring feelings of content and happiness into your life. Gratitude has impressive benefits on your psychological and physical health. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost anything and it certainly wouldn’t do any harm or take much of your time! But the benefits are enormous!
Below are seven scientifically proven benefits of being grateful:
1. Improves physical Health: Practicing gratitude would help you decrease physical pains such as body aches and would help you feel healthier.
2. Improves Psychological Health: Being grateful would also help reduce toxic emotions such as envy, frustration and regret. According to psychology, gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression and anxiety
3. Improves self-esteem: Rather than becoming resentful towards the people who have more money or enjoy a “good status”, grateful individuals are able to appreciate other people’s successes. It may not sound too interesting but being happy for other people successes can actually boost your own self esteem!
4. Helps you to be mindful: Being grateful would help you to be in the present moment rather than being stuck in the past or overthinking your future. It helps to shift your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.
5. Improves sleep: Can’t sleep? Before bedtime, spending just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments from your whole day would help you to sleep better too!
6. Opens the door to more relationships: Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good etiquettes but showing acknowledgement and appreciation would help you win new friends and bring wonderful, and peace bringing opportunities into your life!
Dear readers, always remember that by simply taking a few moments in a day to focus on what you have in your life would bring you self-discipline, appreciation, feelings of contentment, inspiration to learn, and mutual fulfilment in interactions.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have; you’ll never, ever have enough.”
To get started, you can try meditation, journaling, or simply by paying attention to or write down three things daily that you are grateful for! If practiced regularly, there is no doubt that this will have long term effects on your mental and physical well-being.