How does having gratitude help us in life?

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude means the quality of being grateful and appreciating something or someone. Gratitude has become a modern trend with newspapers, magazines and the internet covering it. However, it is a word which is preached by many but followed by few. Gratitude doesn’t easily fall into place for us, we as humans, cling to the sad events, crib, grumble and complain about the part of our life where we are encountering pain or difficulty. In a society where money outweighs mental health and relations, where it takes a form of the almighty and embodies the charming features of life, like security, opportunity and power, people are bound to be ungrateful. If you find yourself feeling pressured, neglected and dissatisfied with life, you can resolve these feelings by opting and following the ways to become grateful in your life. 

How to imbibe an attitude of gratitude? What are the benefits of gratitude?

  • Gratitude is happiness:
    Every morning take out 5 minutes and write down what you’re grateful for. It can be either family, friends, things or food. By doing this, you are allowing yourself to see what motivates you for the day. Gratitude can change your life since it causes you to acknowledge what you have instead of what you don’t. It induces positive emotions which makes us optimistic.
  • It helps in shifting focus:
    Gratitude is the most dominant source of motivation that any individual can take advantage of. They need to stop and focus on the bright and positive side of life. You attract what you give, when we focus on the negative aspects we start viewing the world as a negative place, we become ungrateful. It is easier to dwell on negativity, however, it is also easy to see the positive side. Gratitude is not all about being positive, having gratitude can change how you perceive things. You move from living in a condition of need to living in a condition of sheer plenitude. You can easily overcome the feelings of dissatisfaction by focusing on things you are grateful for.
  • Gratitude can improve your life:
    Gratitude can improve your mental as well as physical health. It improves the quality of life and is a state of mind. When you are grateful for what you have, you become mentally stable, and as it is rightly said, a healthy mind contributes to a healthy body, therefore it improves your physical health too.
  • Gratitude makes a relationship stronger:
    Being grateful makes us nicer, trusting, more appreciative and positive. People enjoy your company. By acknowledging people’s efforts you make them feel loved and recognised. It deepens the relationship. When you feel accepted, loved and thankful, you give out the same emotion and treat people better. It reduces materialism and you start valuing whatever you have. Gratitude makes you empathic and understanding.
  • Bye-bye fear, hello gratitude!
    Gratitude reduces fear in a way that when we are grateful for what we have, fear has no stand. We fear things that do not exist in reality, it takes away our chance to live in the moment and we waste our time worrying about our future. ‘What’ and ‘If’ are two simple words but when put together, they become powerful enough to divert us from our present. ‘What if I don’t have what I have now?’ Instead, focus on what you have.
  • Gratitude makes us humble:
    When you start valuing what you have, you become humble. The act of gratitude is the act of acknowledgement. You focus on others and their emotions.
  • It improves sleep:
    When you are dissatisfied; your mind is preoccupied with things that you don’t have and you start to overthink. Being grateful and satisfied induces a stress-busting response and it improves sleep quality and decreases the time taken to fall asleep.
  • Helps you in your career:
    It increases self-esteem and makes you confident. It makes us more productive as gratitude decreases stress, clears our mind, makes us more creative and improves our overall health. Gratitude also promotes prosocial behaviour, it helps in building networks. Gratitude also helps in leadership qualities, a person who emits positive vibes is liked by others. It also helps in acknowledging the work and effort of the employees.
  • Researchers have also claimed that having gratitude:
    -makes you exercise more often
    -strengthens your immune system
    -reduces pain
    -lowers stress levels
    -lowers blood pressure
    -Makes you more resilient which is the ability to bounce back and cope.

Gratitude is a positive emotion that creates a base for a healthy lifestyle. It improves mental health and endorses healthy emotions. As long as you are happy and thankful for what you have, you have everything. Gratitude changes the way you see things, from a state of dissatisfaction and want, you attain a state of abundance and satisfaction. It removes toxicity from our lives.

Express gratitude, it can change your life as well as someone else’s life. Happiness is the simplest form of gratitude. We often neglect the things that deserve our gratitude. An act of kindness goes a long way. Practice gratitude, it will help you.

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