Gratitude can change your life!
You’ve probably heard this by now, but being grateful is so powerful.
There’s no wonder why it’s become a trend – people are just trying to make their lives better with lists of things they’re thankful for.
But do you know why?
You see, I don’t agree with having positive thoughts all the time.
That can be very stressful! We are all just human beings trying to survive in a chaotic world, anyway.
It’s perfectly fine to have a negative thought occasionally!
The aim should not be to try and control all your thoughts, but to cultivate a positive attitude that becomes your default.
When you practice positive thinking, you can relax the constant monitoring of your thoughts.
One of the best ways that I have found to cultivate positivity is through gratitude.
Here are 8 ways gratitude can improve your life!
1. Gratitude increases mental strength
Studies show that practicing gratitude can boost your happiness and resilience.
(Regular gratitude practice means keeping a daily or weekly gratitude journal or practicing gratitude meditations).
2. Gratitude decreases stress
Gratitude reduces stress by taking our minds away from toxic emotions we may be feeling around frustrations, anxiety and life problems and relieves their negative impact.
When we have been practicing gratitude regularly, our ability to switch focus is improved and our attention is more inclined to turn towards the good things in life or to find the positives of a situation that have otherwise proved stressful.
3. Gratitude improves physical health
Grateful people feel better physically overall.
They experience fewer pains and illnesses and tend to exercise more.
People who keep gratitude journals tend to take better care of their health too.
Some studies show that it can even help with lowering blood pressure and maintaining the immune system healthy.
4. Gratitude helps relationships
Gratitude can increase your sense of belonging in the world, which in turn makes you feel less lonely and more connected to everyone else.
It’s also proven that appreciation of others, literally giving thanks to people for their contributions in your life, will benefit your relationships overall.
5. Gratitude improves self-esteem
Being grateful can help us feel better about what we have in our lives, put a stop to unhealthy comparisons, and appreciate that there is room for everyone to experience happiness and success in this life.
When you practice gratitude, you practice self-love, which is truly vital for a happy life.
6. Gratitude makes us kinder
Studies have shown that people who have a daily practice of gratitude become naturally kinder; they are more likely to help someone in need or volunteer to be of service.
A focus on gratitude in our own lives opens our hearts to those in need and give us that positive boost and ability to extend our love outwards.
7. Gratitude can help us reach our goals
People who regularly make lists of things to be grateful for are more likely to achieve personal goals or make faster progress in their career.
Gratitude can connect us to our purpose, make us see what we are capable of and give us more motivation and the ability to find solutions to challenges.
8. Gratitude gives us perspective
When we start being grateful, we begin to think less of ourselves and more of others.
We develop compassion and kindness and turn the focus away from our own lives and can see others with more clarity.
Gratitude is a practice, and like all practices, consistency and determination are key.
Wouldn’t you like to feel the power of gratitude?