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5 Benefits of Gratitude

Showing your gratitude can be a great way to spread positive feelings in the world around you.

When you think about it, reaching your goals starts with a single positive thought.

Many of us don’t think that Gratitude can be of any benefit.

But let me tell you I have experienced the benefits of practicing Gratitude.

The Feeling of Gratitude.

How do you feel when someone sincerely expresses his or her gratitude to you for something you did? Doesn’t it make you feel good about yourself? These positive feelings can lift you up, boost your enthusiasm, and motivate you to achieve even more.

Feeling grateful for what you have can produce the same good feelings and sustain your drive toward your goals.  And if you feel that you can’t be grateful.  Try this:  Start smiling at everything and everybody.  Try this for one day.  You will feel much better.  Even if you don’t know why.  Then if you feel better to start saying thank you.  This is the easiest way to start being grateful for things.  The moment you start saying thank you for feeling better everything will start to snowball.

Read here to see how gratitude can have some seriously positive snowball effects.

The 5 Benefits of Gratitude:

1. Reaching your goals. When you feel grateful, it tends to be a lasting and selfless feeling. It’s much more than just a momentary burst of positive energy; it has staying power that will provide a great boost for you to reach your goals.

  • When you express your gratitude to others, ensure that you’re open and expressive. People don’t know what you’re thinking; hearing it can make all the difference.
  • 2. Strengthened relationships. There are many ways you can express your gratitude to your loved ones, including saying, “Thank you,”
    writing a letter, or giving them a thoughtful gift. When you learn to avoid taking your loved ones for granted, you’ll have a long-lasting and loving relationship.
  • Showing gratitude is a two-way street. Learn how to effectively express your gratitude and, just as importantly, to receive it as well.
  • 3. Improved communication. Gratitude can mean better communication all around. By expressing your gratitude to strangers, they’ll be more likely to show an interest in helping you, too.  This will increase communication in the workplace as well.  And this will lead to better work relations.  Increase productivity, without you even putting in much more effort.
  • Gratitude is such a powerful entity that it can even help you communicate with your pets! They should be appreciated too. They feel it in your vibration.  If you show it to your pet they feel it even more.
  • 4. More effective constructive criticism. No matter how we express constructive criticism, it often makes the recipient defensive or even angry. No one likes a blow to the ego. In this situation, a grateful attitude can take you a long way. You can express criticism quite effectively when you also emphasize what you appreciate about them.
  • 1.5. Preserving memories. You can preserve memories in a positive way when you keep a gratitude journal. You’ll be able to enjoy your memories again and again when you read about these happy times in the future.

Show Your Gratitude Every Day

Showing gratitude to others may seem like a selfless act, but it’s something that you also benefit from. When you show your gratitude every day, you change the way you think. (Again with very little effort from your side- as you are concentrating on gratitude and not the way that you are thinking at all.)

You’ll appreciate your good life when the majority of your thoughts remain positive. Negative thoughts can sometimes be overwhelming, and just because you have them doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. They happen to everyone, but you can strive to keep them to a minimum with the help of a grateful attitude. Yes, that is correct.  By practicing gratitude you can change your negative thoughts to positive ones much quicker.

Start now.

One way to show your gratitude every day is to remind yourself of the big picture when a negative thought arises.

If a petty argument with your spouse makes you feel angry and heated, take a deep breath and think for a moment.

Concentrate a bit more on the good times you have had with your spouse.  Remind yourself about the good qualities that your spouse has.

Remember that the argument is not permanent and, instead, feel grateful for the gift of this relationship.

Our days on this earth are numbered so we must cherish the time that we do have.

And enjoy the benefits of living each day.  We don’t appreciate this itself.

We need to learn to start being grateful.  If you are anything like me you would struggle and think you are grateful.  What is the big fuss about?

I thought that I do practice it and I know what it is and nobody could change that.  Until one day, quite by accident, I bought a book that changes my life.  And yes you guessed it.  It was all about gratitude.

Happiness is your nature.  It is not wrong to desire it.  What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. ~ Ramana Maharshi.

Very well said.  Unfortunately, so many of us learn it very later in life.

We have to remember one big lesson in life.

We don’t know how long we have on this earth.

Try to live as if it were our last day each and every day.

My experience of gratitude

Back in 2013 when my life changed so many people asked me what did I do?  If I am happy for the first time or what?  Yes, I was happy, but I also found a great secret.  We can only make ourselves happy.  We are maybe unhappy about something.  Like I was in my marriage, but we can change our circumstances and get out of it.  Then happiness depends on us.

As I always say.  Happiness is an inside job.  Don’t look for it outside as it will be short-lived.

Thank you for reading this.

(About that book.)

Here is a short review I did about it as I loved it so much.

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