- the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
|synonyms||gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, recognition, acknowledgement, hat tip, credit, regard, respect;|
Being grateful, keeps us in the now, while you are focusing on being grateful for what you have, it stops you from worrying, it helps you see your situation in a way that can lessen panic or anxiety and opens up your thinking to new solutions. So in times when positives are hard to find and obstacles and fears are becoming ever increasing, then that is a great time to practice gratitude.
External influences are not going to make you happy. That new car, your next trip, the new job, new relationship, starting a family and having more money. These experiences will provide you with happiness, but if you are not happy within yourself, they can be short lived and they can become unsustainable.
Attending to your happiness, being happy in the now and focusing on your happiness in the present, will help you achieve your goals faster.
Modern science is now studying Gratitude and they have discovered that Gratitude has the strongest link with mental well-being than any other character trait.
Some of the Benefits of Gratitude:
Emotional:- Produces more good feelings, makes you more resilient, more relaxed, less envious and provides you with happier memories.
Personality:- Makes you more optimistic, less materialistic, less self-centred, it increases your self-esteem and encourages you to be more spiritual.
Health:- It improves sleep patterns, encourages exercising more, increases energy, is great for longevity and boosts your immune system so you have less sick days.
Social:- It makes you kinder, helps you kindle lasting friendships, have deeper relationships and healthier marriages. Your social life blossoms when you practice Gratitude.
Career:- It enables you to be a better manager/boss/employee and goal achiever. It improves decision making, increases productivity and provides you with good networking skills.
So how do I practice gratefulness?
Take stock of what you have; the house, the car, the fridge full of food, your friends, your loved ones.
Your experiences; like that coffee you had today with your mate, the dinner party last week that went extremely well.
Your environment; the trees, the ocean, the wildlife.
Your health; the fact that you can see and walk and talk, when many can’t.
These are just a few examples of what we have to be grateful for. Make your own list; you will be surprised how much you take for granted. Then give thanks for all these things, appreciate what you have and be grateful for them and know this, “what you focus on you get more of.”
What does all this mean to you? When you are Grateful, you experience a lot more Happiness and who would say “No” to that?
I include Gratitude practice in my meditation classes and my Rapid Transformational Therapy sessions and the results are inspiring.