Are you thankful for what you have? Do you show thanks on a daily basis for even the little things in your life?
Practising gratitude is a great way to shift your focus from one that’s potentially a little negative to one that’s more positive. Being thankful for little things, like just being able to have a cup of tea when you want one, for the roof over your head, for the people in your life, or that you can eat today are big things to think about. You are so much more blessed that you even realise.
Personally, I like to start my day by writing down three things I am grateful for. It was difficult at first but you soon realise that there are many blessings all around you. Once you start this practice, it gets easier and easier over time as you become more open to showing your thanks.
There’s even been some research done to show the benefits of showing gratitude which include:
- opening the door to more relationships – showing appreciation can help with new friends and old.
- improved physical health – people who are grateful report fewer aches and pains.
- imported psychological health – showing gratitude reduces envy and resentment, to frustration and stress.
- enhanced empathy and reduced aggression – people who show gratitude are more likely to behave in a more social manner, even when others are behaving in a less kind way.
- improved sleep – grateful people sleep better. Try spending 15 minutes before bed writing down all the things you are grateful for.
- improved self-esteem – linked with becoming less envious and resentful, showing gratitude actually helps people feel happier for others.
- increased mental strength – showing gratitude reduces stress and helps overcome trauma; recognising all that you are thankful for, especially during the worst times in your life, fosters resilience.
From the points above you can probably gauge that it’s not just about writing things down. It’s about showing gratitude to others. Be kind. Be polite. Say thank you and express what you are actually thankful. “Thank you for your help today, I appreciate it because….”.
What are you thankful for right now. Write it down or tell someone. It feels good.