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Gratitude

Being Grateful to God

Some people are grateful to God, to the Supreme Soul, to someone they feel is up there. It can give them a huge psychological boost, help them survive difficult phases in life, give them the motivation to stay course among numerous other benefits. Those who believe in the existence of God, regardless of the religion they follow, have someone they can be grateful to God is not complete gratitude, though. Imagine being thankful to the mother who is never careless, indifferent or irresponsible towards her children. It is of little use. Far more important than being grateful to God is to be grateful to his children, his creation. This leads to the gratitude of the second type.

Being Grateful to Others

Love and gratitude are soulmates, happiness and harmony are their offsprings. It is not possible to be grateful unless you accept that someone has done something for you. If you feel, out of ego or ignorance, that it was your right, you will fail to feel grateful. Consequently, you will not experience any happiness, much less peace and bliss. Gratitude is not always about grand gestures, it may range from a sincere thank you to an act of extraordinary compassion.

The important thing to remember is that you must consciously express your gratitude without any expectations for reciprocation; it is hard but doable. True gratitude makes one generous, compassionate and infinitely loving. Practice of gratitude lends incredible emotional strength. If you are emotionally strong, you can succeed at anything, anything at all. Gratitude makes you emotionally pure and such purity in turn allows you to love unconditionally. Absence of anything dictates the value of its presence. When we express gratitude, when we feel it in our hearts, it helps us value what all we have in our lives. And that is a divine start to a good life.

Reference : A Million Thoughts. Om Swami.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you, Garima. As always your posts resonate with me, but especially this one! ❤👩‍🦰❤🦊❤

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    1. GS says:

      For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War Veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.

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      1. Thank you ❤👩‍🦰❤

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      2. GS says:

        Thank you Carolyn. 🙂

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  2. inspirechief says:

    Gratitude on a daily basis is instrumental in living a better life. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. GS says:

      In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. Glad you liked the post.

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  3. Being able to show gratitude as well as graciously accepting it are both vital for a healthy lifestyle.

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    1. GS says:

      Being grateful for all that we have in life is one of the keys to true happiness. By recognising all of the wonderful things we have to be appreciative for, rather than dwelling on the negative, often those ‘not so wonderful’ things don’t seem so bad after all. Recent studies have found that counting your blessings on a regular basis not only leads to feeling more optimistic and enjoying a greater overall satisfaction with life, it can also have some pretty amazing physical and emotional benefits.

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  4. clcouch123 says:

    I’m thankful–there’s an irony (or comedy)–for messages about gratitude, because it’s so easy for us to complain. Being thankful to God is good, and I don’t think God minds if we are more immediately grateful for the Earth and every living thing thereon and then for all creation. I think gratitude without expectation is foundational. Gratitude with expectation isn’t even gratitude but something else, not nearly as healthful for everyone concerned.

    Thank you.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes I agree. God is synonymous with nature, earth and everything in it. Such a beautiful thought. Thank you for sharing. Once you become oriented toward looking for things to be grateful for, you will find that you begin to appreciate simple pleasures and things that you previously took for granted. Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good even in unpleasant situations. Today, start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful; in this way, you’ll be on your way toward becoming a master of gratitude.

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  5. Practice of gratitude strengthens the SOUL…

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    1. GS says:

      Yes Manojava, it certainly adds to the soul power. Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

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    1. GS says:

      In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. Glad you liked the post.

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