Can Gratitude really changes our lives?
Unfortunately gratitude is one of the most underused feeling. Above all we spend our ample time being frustrated angry and complaining about our lives. We spend some time feeling happy but that seems to be rare nowadays. But grateful? Not so much.
We are getting materialistic day by day. We value only materialistic things instead of valuing the things we have. According to the recent scientific research, Materialistic people are less happy rather than their peers. They experience fewer positive emotions, are less satisfied with life and suffer higher levels of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
How can we avoid falling into the unhappiness trap of materialism? The answer to this question is by cultivating a mind-set of gratitude.
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means living your life to fullest without complaining and to be thankful for everything you have. It shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.
In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. Isn’t it a great news?
“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart
People who lack Gratitude:
People who lack it are not happy. They don’t enjoy their little achievements which makes them bitter and discouraged. While the people who approach life with the sense of gratitude is the happiest among all. They enjoy the fruit of their success and learn from their failure instead of complaining. It helps you to put things in their proper perspective. When things don’t go your way, remember that every difficulty carries within it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit. In the face of adversity ask: “What’s good about this?”, “What can I learn from this?”, and “How can I benefit from this?”
The more you are thankful the more you find reasons to be thankful for. It has been rightly said:
“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.” Melody Beattie
The grateful person feels a great sense of unworthiness: “I have so much more than I deserve.” But an ungrateful person says, “I deserve so much more than I have.”
If you really want to be successful, you need to feel more gratitude. Fortunately, like most emotions, is like a muscle: The more you use it, the stronger and more resilient it becomes. So what are you waiting for? let’s start bringing gratitude to your experiences and looking for good even in unpleasant situation.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson