Following on from my last blog I’ve decided to re-focus on gratitude and thought I’d write a little bit about it as some people struggle to understand why it’s important- I used to be one of those people!
So, what is gratitude?
It’s being thankful for everything you have in your life, counting your blessings and appreciating what you have.
Why is gratitude important?
By being grateful for all of the simple pleasures in life you shift your focus from wanting what you don’t have in your life to being thankful for the abundance that makes up your world. When you truly appreciate all the good things you have, you then attract more good things into your life.
Practicing gratitude makes you feel happier because you’re focusing your energy on all of the good and wonderful things in your life. Research has shown that practicing daily gratitude can improve your health, relationships and general well being. What’s not to love?
So how can you practice gratitude?
It’s great to get into a daily habit of practicing gratitude and you can do this by:
Keeping a gratitude journal – the Five Minute Journal is a great one
Keeping a gratitude jar – this is what I’ve started to do although I have to admit that some nights I do forget. I keep a jar on my bedside table with a pile of post its and a pen, then before I go to sleep each night I write down something I’m grateful for fold it up and put it in the jar. Then my plan is to empty the jar on New Years Eve and read through everything I’ve been grateful for this year.
Keeping a gratitude keepsake– this is where you have an item that means something to you and when you hold it say each morning you think through all the things you are grateful for.
Tell yourself– I quite often say to myself all the things I’m grateful for on the way to work, it’s a great way to start the day on a positive note.
Tell others– how great to tell someone that your grateful for having them in your life! Spread the love!
I’ve definitely found that practicing gratitude has made me look at things from a more positive point of view and has made me feel happier. As I wrote about in my last blog Why we have to stop comparing ourselves, it’s so easy to get sidetracked and compare our lives to others who may appear to be doing better. Gratitude helps us to focus on the good in our own lives and that’s the most important thing you can do.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about gratitude and it has a positive impact on your life.