Gratitude is such a powerful and positive characteristic to posses. Gratitude has so many amazing benefits, and practicing gratitude on a regular basis can have an extremely positive impact on your everyday life.
You may be skeptical and thinking “how can saying thank you and showing gratitude possibly have that much of an impact on my life?”… well… I am glad you asked, because I was going to tell you anyway!
Below are the top 15 ways gratitude improves your life:
Makes us more self-centered
Increases our energy level
Increases our desire to exercise
Lowers blood pressure
Lowers the risk of major depression
Increases overall happiness
Increases our emotional intelligence
Decreases toxic negative emotions
Helps to create deeper and healthier relationships
So, as you can see practicing gratitude can have an extremely positive impact on many aspects of our lives. But there is one negative aspect as well. When you’re in a social setting and you are going on and on about how grateful you are for the things in your life and how well your sleeping and being all positive and optimistic, the super negative person in the same social situation will probably be extremely annoyed and potentially throw out a snarky remark. But, in reality, that is not really a negative thing is it? Because guess what, practicing gratitude makes us more forgiving as well, and that negative person’s attitude is a direct reflection of themselves not a reflection of you. They clearly do not practice gratitude.
So ask yourself, do you want to be the person at the party talking about how much you love your life or do you want to be the negative wet blanket?
I do have a confession, at one point in my life, I was the wet blanket, and like most negative people, it was due to me being unhappy with myself and my life. When that happens we often get sucked into this state of constant negativity, and we become ugly people. We start to constantly judge and criticise others, usually pointing out things about them that usually are just things we aren’t happy with in ourselves. When your constantly negative, you become close minded, and frankly, hard to be around. It took me being around someone else who was extremely negative to realize I did not want to be that way.
After many life changes, and taking control of my own happiness, I believe I have come 360 degrees and am now quite the opposite. I love my life, I try to be as positive as I can, I try to refrain from judging others as I now understand that is actually a reflection of my own insecurities, and I work on my own personal growth and improvement every single day.
Part of my journey to positivity and happiness was, surprise surprise, practicing gratitude. It started as a way to pull myself out of a bad mood. When I was feeling grumpy, or angry, or having a day where self-pity creeped in, I made it a point to stop and think about 3 things I have in my life to be thankful for. I remind myself that it can always be worse. That little trick has since developed into me taking the time to write down something I am grateful for every day in my planner, even on days where I am not grumpy or stressed.
So, what are you waiting for? Begin incorporating gratitude into your life today. With all of the benefits I mentioned, why wouldn’t you want to begin practicing gratitude. Not sure how to begin or where to start? Don’t worry, I got you covered!
I have created a list of ways to Incorporate Gratitude into your life everyday, as well as a list of resources to assist you on your journey to practicing gratitude.
Do you practice gratitude? What ways do you incorporate gratitude into your life? What other tips do you have? Share in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,