Why Gratitude Matters

Iqra Rasheed;
“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. ”The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways, gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, being grateful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals whether to other people, nature, or a higher power. Gratitude is also a “gateway emotion” of sorts.

Philosophers over the years have suggested it’s the greatest virtue because it leads to so many others. For example, appreciation of someone can grow into love, gratitude for what you have can lead to greater satisfaction and loving your work can lead to improved performance. Benefits Of Gratitude Gratitude benefits are enormous that are following: Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude improves physical health Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people sleep better. Gratitude improves self-esteem. Gratitude increases mental strength. How to Cultivate Gratitude Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis:

Appreciate everything:

The habit of being grateful starts with appreciating every good thing in life and recognizing that there is nothing too small for you to be thankful for. Find gratitude in your challenges: Gratitude is not only about being thankful for positive experiences. In fact, sometimes thinking about negative or difficult situations can help to really nail down what you have to be thankful for. Tell the people in your life how you feel, what they mean to you: You don’t have to be mushy or over-the-top. We all have our own style. But if you say what you feel in the right tone at the right moment, even a simple, “Mom, good dinner. Thanks!” means a lot. Watch your Language: Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf. Go Through the Motion: If you go through grateful motions, the emotion of gratitude should be triggered.

Grateful motions include smiling, saying thank you, kindness and writing letters of gratitude. Practice mindfulness: Sit down daily and think through five to ten things you are grateful for. The trick is that you need to picture it in your mind and sit with that feeling of gratitude in your body. Doing this every day will rewire your brain to be naturally more grateful, and you’ll start feeling happier after every session. “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy

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