Because of the busyness of life, there is often little time to think about what we might be grateful for – unless we choose to make gratitude an important part of our daily life.
I believe accessing the power of gratitude is necessary to be successful and cope with the busyness of daily life throughout the year. The practice of gratitude is also a tool for happiness. It has been in the mainstream for years.
Do you practice gratitude on a regular basis?
Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness and indicate a positive appreciative attitude contributes to:
- Lower levels of stress
- Improved health
- Greater success in work and relationships
- Peak performance in sports and business
- A higher sense of well-being
Unfortunately, just acknowledging gratitude’s many benefits can be difficult to sustain because our brain is wired to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives.
For the power of gratitude to meet its full potential, it needs to become more than just a word used during November and on Thanksgiving Day. It takes a new way of looking at things to be grateful. While the practice of gratitude may take some time to put inlace, it is worth the effort.
Practicing gratitude makes so much sense My life would not be what it is without practicing gratitude daily. For me, it is what gets me through the difficult times. Often noticing little things around me that I appreciate or am grateful for is what helps keep me centered and balanced.
When you practice giving thanks for all you have instead of complaining about what you lack or what is wrong, you give yourself the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing. It enlarges your perspective and helps you focus on the important things.
Remember gratitude is not a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are ignored. It is more a matter of where you put your focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in the world. When you focus on the gifts or blessings in your life, you gain a feeling of well-being because gratitude balances you and gives hope. It helps bring calmness when there is turmoil.
There are many things to be grateful for: body parts that work, the beauty in nature, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, the ability to read, pets and many more. What is your experience practicing gratitude?
To discover the power of gratitude in your life, make your own list of things you are grateful for or appreciate. Think of why each one is important to you. For example: I’m grateful for blue sky because it makes the world look brighter. Use your own words to make it meaningful to you.
If you practice gratitude daily, you will soon see what a natural way of thinking it becomes. That is when you will realize the benefits of using the power of gratitude in your life.
What will you do to successfully transform your life so you are blessed with a lifestyle with gratitude and appreciation?
Until next time,