Attitude of Gratitude
It was World Gratitude Day the other day.
Who knew there was such a thing, not me.
If you get the Attitude of gratitude habit and it can really change your life.
The more grateful you are, the more you have to be grateful for. It sounds corny but it’s true.
You might say: I don’t have anything to be grateful for. I don’t have a job, a nice home, any money etc.
BUT! You are alive, you may not have much but the little you do have is a reason to be grateful. You wake up in the morning, you breathe, you can think. All reasons to be grateful.
You own or have access to technology, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. Once you find a few reasons to be grateful, you will soon find more.
Gratitude can bring happiness. When you learn to truly appreciate what you have it brings contentment and happiness. While you are being grateful, a positive thing, you aren’t having negative thoughts to bring you down further.
Will it make a Difference?
It won’t change your life overnight! I know that’s a bit off putting but you know what they say?
“Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy.”
Is that true though? I suppose it all comes down to belief. I suspect that one could be classed as a limiting belief. If you grow up hearing that, it becomes true for you.
What is Gratitude?
I googled it and got this:
How can it help me?
This article from the Guardian newspaper on 23rd October 2018 states:
- Study after study has found a robust association between higher levels of gratitude and wellbeing, including protection from stress and depression, more fulfilling relationships, better sleep and greater resilience. Simple exercises that people can do on their own – such as spending two weeks writing a daily list of three things for which they are grateful – have been found to increase life satisfaction, decrease worry and improve body image, with the beneficial effects lasting for up to six months. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and a world authority on gratitude, has advocated that interventions such as this be used by therapists to help their patients.*
- Happiness is a strong feeling of appreciation to someone or something for what the person has done to help you. The feeling or quality of being grateful.
Positive Psychology website states:
The benefits of Gratitude:
For the individual:
- increased happiness and positive mood
- more satisfaction with life
- less materialistic
- less likely to experience burnout
- better physical health
- better sleep
- less fatigue
- lower levels of cellular inflammation
- greater resiliency
- encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom
- increases prosocial behaviors
- strengthens relationships
- may help employees’ effectiveness
- may increase job satisfaction
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