Thanks: How the Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.
Notice and appreciate each day’s gifts
People tend to take for granted the good that is already present in their lives. There’s a gratitude exercise that instructs that you should imagine losing some of the things that you take for granted, such as your home, your ability to see or hear, your ability to walk, or anything that currently gives you comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things back, one by one, and consider how grateful you would be for each and every one.
Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.
If you want to grow in life, idolize the people who are superior to you. But if you want to value life, adore about the people who are deficient.
Once you become oriented toward looking for things to be grateful for, you will find that you begin to appreciate simple pleasures and things that you previously took for granted. Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good even in unpleasant situations.
Today, start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful; in this way, you’ll be on your way toward becoming a master of gratitude.
“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
– Meister Eckhart
My challenge to you is: Choose one topic in your life right now that you feel negativity towards. Pay attention to your thoughts, and when you start to think negatively about the topic, replace those thoughts with a statement of gratitude instead.
Then share your experience in the comments section! Did consciously practicing gratitude change your perspective at all?