“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a
rather large amount of gratitude.”
— A. M. Milne
No matter who you are, what you do, where you live, or who you’re with, gratitude will never let you down.
Gratitude has a ripple effect – the more people you shoot with gratitude, the more they will too. Now imagine a world full of gratitude! Aaah… peaceful!
Let’s take a look as to how we can boost our gratitude and the effect it will have in our own life.
Gratitude means being thankful – for our life, for our relationships, for our career, for our home or health, etc. Showing appreciation for everything around us keeps us grounded and mentally healthy. With COVID-19 floating in the air, its more important now, than ever before show gratitude to calm our minds amidst all the struggles in the world around us.
ONE. POSITIVE THINKING
Gratitude encourages positive thinking. As we begin to express increased amounts of gratitude, we’ll see our perspective change all around us. We’ll begin seeing positivity in places where we saw negativity in the past.
Note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day. These could range from something big like graduating or winning a trophy, or something you may find small, such as having a meal every day. Do whatever it takes, but write 3 things down every day. Do it with a friend or family member – each of you write 3 things you’re grateful for and send it to each other.
Gratitude strengthens our relationships. Being grateful for those around you keeps you connected at a deeper level. You begin to view your relationship from a larger perspective – seeing the positive qualities in those around you, having more meaningful conversations and seeing what’s below the surface of people. This allows deeper connections and stronger foundations in your relationships.
When speaking to other people, let them know what you appreciate about them. If you’ve had a meaningful conversation, tell them you are grateful for this conversation. If a person does something nice for you, tell them you’re grateful for them. Seek out appreciation for people, and express it. It brings positivity and reflection into your life and also to others. As you begin to do this, others will too.
Gratitude improves mood. Individuals who show gratitude regularly are generally happier. This doesn’t mean that they don’t face difficult situations – in fact, they uplift themselves during these difficult situations which allows them to manage the situation more effectively.
Show gratitude even during difficult situations. Whenever you are faced with a difficult situation, write down (Its important to physically write it down with a pen on paper) 5 reasons to be grateful. If you are struggling with your boss at work, write 5 things you appreciate about them. If you are going through a difficult phase in your relationship with a partner, friend or family, write 5 reasons you are grateful to have them in your life. Same for everything else – whether it’s a relationship, career or anything else, make sure you spend some time writing 5 things about the situation, person or time in your life that you are grateful for. This will boost your mood and the more regularly you do this, the less you’ll have to write it down, and it will automatically happen in your mind. Often, we find that in positive situations, its easy to find reasons to lower mood – you might be at a party and lower your mood by thinking that everyone looks better than you. However in negative situations, we almost never allow even a small positive thought to enter our minds.
Let’s take a stand against this – all negative thoughts, anxieties and bad moods will be counteracted with a positive one by using gratitude. I’d love to hear stories of how you’ve used this in practice and whether its made an impact in your life or not.