Spiritual Health

Gratitude – It Matters

If you are wondering about why we need to express gratitude – you are not alone. Expressing gratitude is essential because we often take for granted all that life offers us, without being grateful.

In this fast forward modern life when people don’t have time for themselves – even their slightest of concern means a lot. If somebody is helpful and kind to us in thought or action, we need to express gratitude or return our thankful feelings.

Here are my reasons of why gratitude matters in life and how it can change your perception of life itself :

  • It’s difficult to have a bad day. It’s really difficult to have a bad day when you start that day off writing how lucky you are. Whenever you feel grumpy, frustrated, upset, worries, overwhelmed, annoyed or just plain worn out, call it out for what it is and put it in perspective. Remember what you wrote.
  • Stay on top of your emotions. You learn to realise that how you’re feeling during the day is just a natural human reaction to whatever is going on around you. Emotions come and go. Things you’re grateful for, and the feelings you have when you remember them, stick with you longer.
  • Keeping perspective. Think back to your list and what you’ve written that day, or during the week, and focus on all the reasons that you have to be grateful. This will keep you going, perk you up, shift bad thoughts to good ones and generally lift your spirits. All because of the five minutes you’ve spent first thing that day making your little list.
  • Others will benefit too. It’s not only you that benefits, but your family does too. You might be much calmer, more patient, happier, relaxed and generally a better person when you have done your five minute gratitude list. It’s worth you doing it for that reason alone.
  • Helps you prioritise. A gratitude list also helps you remember what’s most important to you and therefore what and where you should focus your time and energy throughout the day. If you’re really grateful for something then you should make it a priority and spend time nurturing it.
  • Identifying common themes and patterns. Often there are common themes or things that crop up regularly for which you’ve been grateful. Try to incorporate these regularly into your day because they’re clearly important to you. Be intentional.

Why do you think we need to express gratitude? What other ways of expressing gratitude would you suggest? Share your experiences when you have expressed gratitude with your loved ones, friends, or colleagues in the comments below.

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    • Yes indeed. These 3 steps can help you start feeling more grateful, and appreciative of the good things in your life: Notice good things, look for them, appreciate them. Savor, absorb, and really pay attention to those good things. Express your gratitude to yourself, write it down, or thank someone.

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    • Yes Jolie. The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.

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  1. Why do you think we need to express gratitude? Because it takes our focus off ourselves and points it in another direction.
    What other ways of expressing gratitude would you suggest? Gratitude is purely personal and it depends on how comfortable one is sharing feelings. A simple thank you goes a long way!
    Share your experiences when you have expressed gratitude with your loved ones, friends, or colleagues. Nothing but positive reactions!

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      • It’s going to be a little difficult in the beginning but we are all going to get there. One classic self-help book, The Magic of Believing, by Claude Bristol, discusses this technique in detail. Bristol writes,

        Many great orators, preachers, actors, and statesmen have used the mirror technique. According to Drew Pearson, Winston Churchill never made a speech of importance unless he made it before a mirror first. Pearson also declared that Woodrow Wilson employed the same technique.

        The technique asks that you stand before a large mirror to see your face and upper body. Staring into your own eyes, you verbalize and speak out loud who you would like to be, or what you want to have or do. While looking in the mirror, you give yourself a pep talk and shift your mindset with authority.

        “By using the mirror…you are creating a picture of yourself, your words, the sound of your voice, and your sight of the audience, to which the immediate future is to bring reality,” Bristol writes.

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    • Adil, I am glad you are on the path of raising your vibration with gratitude and appreciation. Gratitude makes us feel good when we experience it. In addition, it helps us notice what is already good in our lives instead of what is bad, which helps us develop positive feelings about ourselves and our life. Research by Robert Emmons and his colleagues has found that gratitude can permanently raise our level of happiness past its genetically determined set-point.

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