Ten Ways Showing Gratitude Enhances Your Life

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Introduction

Showing gratitude is a very healthy activity yet most of us just don’t understand the power of being grateful.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Source: G.K. Chesterton

 

May the examples and quotes below encourage you to begin this life changing habit.

 

Abundance surrounds you in many ways. Regardless of your station in life, there are many things that gratify you. What are you thankful for? Take a moment to ponder them.

Consider the ways that having gratitude makes your life better:

1. You’ll be more enthusiastic.

A water color of a happy boy that represents the story told in the postStudies show that when subjects recorded what they were thankful for in a journal on a regular basis, they reported having a larger sense of enthusiasm for their life than those who didn’t write about their gratitude.

This is the best encouragement for you to start a gratitude journaling practice.

Who couldn’t use more enthusiasm in their life?

Here at BSM we created a gratitude journal with daily prompts to help you create the habit of gratitude. 

Action Tip:

1.     Start the day on a positive note. Set the tone and focus for the rest of your day by taking a few moments each morning to review the positive things in your life. 

 

·       Self-questions can be a great way to focus on the positive aspects of your life. Good questions to ask include: “What’s something good that is happening right now,” “What opportunities await me today,” or “Whose love am I grateful for?”

That’s one of the conclusions from a national survey on gratitude commissioned by the John Templeton Foundation, which also funds the Greater Good Science Center’s Expanding Gratitude project. 

How Grateful are Americans

2. You’ll feel more determined to achieve your goals

Graphic of MindfulnessWhen you take notice of the good things you have, you’re more likely to put your nose to the grindstone and keep working for whatever else you desire.

Practicing thankfulness makes you more open to new possibilites and oportunites because of the increase awareness gratitude brings.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Source: Melody BeattiePra

3. Your level of optimism will soar

Mindfulness photo of gratitudeAccording to several studies, those who documented what they were thankful for were much more positive about how their life was going and how it would proceed.

Being optimistic will fuel your passion to construct the life you deserve.

“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”

Source Rumi 

4. Being thankful increases your energy

The image reminds us about having a Positive AttitudeIf you have gratitude, you’ll have more energy to create the life you desire.

Being aware of what you’re thankful for galvanizes your efforts to discover all that your life can be.

Since we are all energetic beings our moods effect our energy levels.

When we are closed, unhappy, anxious these are low level vibrations which rob of energy,

When we express appreciation we are happy, excited, ready to create and explore.

These are high level vibrations that open us up to vast amounts of energy,

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.”

Source:John Ortberg

5. You’ll pay more attention

The results of showing gratitude a photo of a healthy heartBeing thankful ensures you’ll be more alert and aware of how your life is going, what you’re doing, and how you can continue to build the life you seek.

This is the mindfulnes aspect of gratitude. We become more mindful of our surroundings. 

We drop our routine way of looking at things and see them differently.

These give us fresh ways of exploring the universe of posibilities spread out before us. 

This study proved the effectiveness of gratitude. 

“Gratitude bestows reverence…changing forever how we experience life and the world.”
Source: John Milton

6. Gratitude helps lower your Levels of stress

Joy happiness and a good life are all aspects of using positive I am affirmationsAs you live a life of gratitude, things that used to stress you out will lose their power. Instead, you’ll be entrenched in the wonderful world you’re living in.

In our society stress is the silent killer responsible for a large number of modern illnesses.

Stress raises adrenaline levels which in turn raises heart rate, blood pressure and sugar levels in your body. 

And that’s only the start.

What  gratitude does is relax you, allowing you to more easily let go of stress and other upsets.

When you feel gratitude it is much harder to feel stress and be anxious. 

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
Source:John Wooden

7. You’ll feel more content with life

2 gratitude jourals, pink and blue for tough times journalingThose who consciously have gratitude experience reduced levels of depression.

Despression is one of the most common cause of disfunction in the US. 

The simple act of writing out what you are grateful for each day helps you feel better about your life, your situation and your outlook.

Many people think that a practice is difficult. Where do you find the time? How do you instill the habit of gratitude?

But when you consider the time lost because of stress and anxiety in your life, perhaps those few minutes of gratitude will pay off big time in the long run.

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
Source: Zig Ziglar

8. You’ll exercise more.

Mindfulness meditationThose who show a sense of thankfulness had higher reports of exercising more than those who weren’t keeping a gratitude journal.

A lot of research now backs up this idea that some form of gratitude practice reaches into all corners of your life.

Check out this article called ” To Imporve Your Health Practice Gratitude from the Mayo Clinic. 

The other benefit is when you exercise you open yourself up to even more gratitude. 

Action Tip

 Perform random acts of kindness. You can
increase your own gratitude by being someone else’s reason for thankfulness.
Practice random acts of kindness by unexpectedly helping others.

 What may seem like a small act to you can be a very large act of generosity to someone who is in need.

Look for opportunities each day to help someone else. The other person will
be thankful for your generosity and you’ll be grateful for the boost in your
self-esteem and mood.

“As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. What happens here is a spiraling ascent, a process of growth in ever expanding circles around a steady center.”
Source: Brother David Steindl-Rast

9. Providing aid to others will come easier to you

The Dalai Lama personifies KindnessWhen you notice all the positive things surrounding you, you’ll reach out to help others more often.

When your soul is flooded with light and positivity, you’ll feel more like being there for others.

“Authentic success is being so grateful for the many blessings bestowed on you and yours that you can share your portion with others.”
Source: Sarah Ban Breathnach

10. You’ll discover the life you truly want

The results of showing gratitude a photo of a healthy heartAs unusual as it may sound, the research about gratitude indicates that those who have thankfulness in their hearts are more likely to achieve their goals.

As your thankfulness grows, your dream life is built.

You come to that place where you can truly dream big, aspire to be of service and to open yourself to divine spirit flowing through you. 

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
Source: A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Summary

The light bulb is a symbol of unlimited potentialOpen your eyes to the bounties that grace your world.

When you do, you’ll live a more fulfilling life.

Allow yourself to feel passion about the color of the fall leaves, the peacefulness of the snow falling, or the beauty of the blue sky.

Notice the feel of a warm coat against your skin or the love in your child’s hug.

Maybe you’re even grateful for that first cup of morning coffee.

Get started today on your own gratitude journal.

Write about everything that you’re grateful for.

As you begin to give thanks, you’ll find your dreams coming true.

I have written about gratitude extensively. Below are other articles about gratitude you might find interesting.

 


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