The philosophy of being grateful seems to be around frequently in the 21st century. But what does it mean? Being grateful simply means to be appreciative of what you already have. We all have things to be grateful for every day; whether it being with family, loved ones or having food on the table. We all have things that people are currently dreaming of having and that we take for granted.
Every morning when you wake up, it’s a great idea to think of three things you’re appreciative of before starting your day. Why? Because it starts your day off on a positive note and by the end of the week, you’ll have 21 things that you love about your life! We recommend getting this gratitude journal to help you with your practice.
By simply implementing gratitude into our lives on a daily basis, we can reap various benefits that positively impact our mental health and well-being. In this article we’ll get into the three main benefits that you can reap from being grateful.
It’s scientifically proven that you can’t feel stress and gratitude simultaneously. This means that gratitude can in fact be an antidote for helping to fight depression, anxiety and negative thoughts. Furthermore, this proves that what we choose to focus on will multiply.
Similar to the law of attraction, when we focus on what’s good and positive, that’s the seed that our mind will plant and new neurological pathways will be formed over time, improving your positive outlook and stress management skills. Gratitude presents us with an opportunity to appreciate what we can feel good about now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But now!
According to happierhuman.com, taking 5 minutes out to practice gratitude every day can improve your long-term wellbeing by up to 10%. For five minutes a day, it’s a no brainer!
Gratitude helps you focus on what’s good right now in this moment of our lives. Even the smallest of things can make a major difference. In the modern day world, we are often conditioned to think that we’ll only be happy when we get that next car, relationship or material possession.
Don’t believe the hype though. This is all just a marketing technique selling you on your insecurities. Gratitude really helps take us back to our roots and helps us reconnect with our true selves and what’s important.
Ever heard the saying: ‘’if you’re living in the past you’re likely to be depressed and if your thoughts are too much in the future, then you’re likely to be anxious’’? Well, welcome to the new state of mind - peace.
Peace is surely what we all strive for. To be content with what we currently have is a happy way of living. When we’re acting grateful, our minds and bodies can better engage in our current activity or conversation and get the most out of it.
The moments we miss because we’re stressing about the future are endless. When in reality, we only really are guaranteed the now. This moment.
That’s not to say that we can’t strive for more. Life is often a contradiction of pulling from different ends of the string. When we strike the fine balance of being grateful for what we have right now with meaningful goals that you can strive for, I believe this is where true contentment is found.
Now you know what being grateful for is about and how it can help you with mental clarity and contentment, it’s time to start practicing it.
Every morning, before you look at your phone or anything else, simply take 2-3 minutes to think of three things you are truly grateful for in your life. It’s such a simple technique but one that will change you mentality massively. Of course it can vary, but I saw a difference just a week after doing this every day! If you're still not convinced about having a gratitude practice, check out these 25 gratitude quotes to live by each day.
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