Attitude of Gratitude

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world." - John Milton

An attitude of gratitude means making it a practice to demonstrate thankfulness and appreciation in all areas of our life on a consistent basis for both, the small and big things alike. As Howes puts it, “If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”

The paybacks of exercising gratitude are usually endless. There are studies that show that people who habitually 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 a stronger immune systems. It is easy to practice gratitude when your boss calls you surprisingly to give you a promotion, when your partner is being there for you, your kids getting good scores and you feel like heaven might be a replica of your home. However, when the storms of life are hitting the life out of your life, making you unsure of whether you are a corpse or a living being and making you believe that hell is real because of your experiences in the present, it might then be difficult to express gratitude. And that is probably when you might have to push yourself to express gratitude.

We have all heard of the famous saying – Birds of a feather, flock together. Well it becomes true in this scenario. If you are constantly looking for the negative things, you would generate negative thoughts. Negative thoughts calls in more negative thoughts and they might flock in your mind together. However, if you constantly look out for positives to be grateful, then you might experience more positive emotions.

Few tips to develop an attitude of gratitude:

  1. Notice the new things you’re grateful for every day. Keep a journal to write about the things that you are grateful for and make sure you look out for something every day to write in it.

  2. Acknowledge yourself for what you have done and accomplished in the last day/week/month/year. Tell someone face to face how much they mean to you.

  3. Make it a habit to acknowledge other people and to thank them for inspiring/helping/supporting you.

  4. Call someone who you know is in a tough spot and just listen for as long as they’d like.

  5. Call, email or write to the closest five people in your life and let them know the unique impact they have on your life

Life is worth everything you have. But it is important for you to know what you have. If you have trouble identifying your own positives, you can always talk to a counsellor.

And here is a bonus tip along with the earlier ones – Share this article to help others live a fulfilling life!

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