Today we are talking about the benefits of gratitude and the deep, long lasting benefits that gratitude can have on your brain and your life… so stay tuned.
Being grateful certainly isn’t a new concept. In fact, as a child you may recall your parents reminding you to be grateful for birthday gifts or food on the table.
It is easy to take things for granted or focus on all that is going wrong in your life.
It’s at times like this that you need to slow down and focus on all the things going right in your life. And as you do, really appreciate and feel gratitude for these things. Even the smallest things.
All of the deep, lasting benefits of gratitude can both improve your life and make you a happier person. I’m going to share a few of these benefits now.
The Benefits of Gratitude
Live in the Present Moment
While there’s not much we can do about the past or the future, practice being grateful for what you have right here and now.
At this very moment, what can you be grateful for? A beautiful, sunny day? Having a good job? Enjoying lunch with great friends? You get the idea.
When you begin to focus on gratitude for all that is good in your life in the moment, it will bring even more thoughts of good things to be grateful for. This grateful feeling brings immediate peace, calm and happiness to you.
When you are grateful for all the good in your life, it makes you feel far more confident.
When you focus on what is going right instead of what is going wrong, confidence soars and you realise that things aren’t as bad as you may have thought.
When you stop to focus on all the positives, it builds you up by knowing that you have the ability to bring even more positive experiences into your life. You accept yourself more easily and stop comparing yourself and your life with others.
When you practice feeling grateful, you become so tuned in to the good in your life, it leaves far less time to worry about what is wrong or what you don’t have.
Staying in this mind state pushes worry aside and helps you keep a more positive perspective about what’s going on in your life.
When you spend time worrying, it causes stress, anxiety and all sorts of negative emotions that do not serve you well.
Better to spend your time on peaceful gratitude than stressful and needless worry. As an added bonus, if you aren’t up at night tossing and turning with worry, you’ll sleep much better, as well.
Appreciating and feeling gratitude for your friends and loved ones helps to melt away frustrations, anger and resentments you feel towards them.
If you choose instead to find reasons as to how your loved ones add so much more value to your life and how they love and support you, too, how much better can your relationships be?
Feelings of gratitude for your relationships will lead to improved communication and deeper connections.
When you are feeling good, you naturally tend to smile more and want to share your good feelings with others. A grateful attitude can, and usually does, spill over to benefit others around you.
You are able to effortlessly share little extra acts of kindness such as holding a door open or pouring a cup of tea.
Being generous and being kind to others just feels good. When you think of how much you have, it’s easy to share that feeling of good fortune with others.
So as you can see, by simply focusing on gratitude and being thankful for all the good things in your life, you can really change your life for the better.
So practice gratitude in your life and start to feel these benefits today.
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