In the modern society, perception of the notion of Gratitude is most commonly narrowed down to simply saying “Thank you” or “Thanks”. Not a lot of people try to actually see it as something bigger than just a few words. However, there is much more to it than that.
Gratitude is being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen in your life, as well as taking the time to appreciate and return kindness to others.
Gratitude lists help you to feel better
Making a gratitude list is one of the first steps to be taken in order to learn to appreciate the people and things you have in your life, as well as to realize how you can return kindness. Moreover, often you can have those bad days where nothing goes right, when you get a lot of stress from work or other problems, or even when a loved one dies. In cases like this, daily gratitude list writing can also help to fill your days with meaning or happiness, lower your stress level and help you realize that there is still something good and positive present in your life.
Gratitude is a magnet for appreciation
Gratitude shows the best side of you. A simple “Thank you”, as well as being polite, will show others that you are a worthy person to get to know and keep in life. Being grateful for the good things that others do for you and, in return, acting kind and helpful towards others will boost your own self-confidence and happiness level, as well as it will let people around you appreciate and look up to you as an example to follow.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
More gratitude – stronger friendships
What does friendship mean in your life? Is it just for having fun and partying once in awhile? Or is it for something much more meaningful and important?
Usually, real friends are there for you to support and help when in need, and they expect the same from you in return. They are in your life to drive away loneliness and bring about happiness, laughs and feeling of worthiness. But, as the old saying claims – you can’t give what you don’t have. Being grateful leads you to finding ways to help your friends when there seems like no hope is left in this dark world. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
It improves the quality of your life
Gratitude can make your life do a 180 degree turn by improving the quality of it. “How exactly can that happen?” would be your instant question. And the answer is that literally everything, ranging from your mental wellness, to your strength of mind and spirit, is directly dependent on and can all be derived from gratitude. It’s no secret that people who know how to be thankful and appreciative of things and how to return gratitude are far more content in their lives.
Gratitude isn’t about having loads of money or being famous and over-successful; gratitude is about appreciating even such small things as a sunrise on a new day or a smile of a stranger on the street.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”