Such a simplistic action, the daily practice of gratitude creates a level of contentment and thankfulness, which helps contribute to our overall wellbeing.
As humans, we find it easy to react to situations in an irrational state, often saying negatives things such as “this is the worst thing that could ever happen to me.” Practicing gratitude helps put a situation into perspective. When we learn to see the good as well as the bad, it becomes more difficult to complain and stay in a place of suffering. It further helps us focus on what we DO have, rather than on what we DON’T have. Over time, this actually lessens our desire for constantly wanting more.
When we learn to pause, take a deep breath and look at the situation as a whole, we start to realise that the situation (although bad), isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen.
It’s important to commit time each day to express your gratitude. For me, I write down a list in the morning of the 10 things I am thankful for from the past day. I then read this list back to myself, close my eyes, concentrate on slowing down my breathing and repeating the phrase “thank you, I am grateful” to the Universe.
Just like brushing my teeth, this practice has become part of my daily routine. So, how powerful is it? Well, there have been a handful of occasions that have seemed pretty dire (one example, learning about my Dad’s life expectancy), but I have surprised myself with how well I coped during those times.
I was able to have perspective about Dad, insofar that I became very thankful that I have had so many special years with him and that if he needs to go now, then it’s his time. Obviously, I was incredibly sad, but I had this ability to feel that no matter what, it would all eventually be okay. This too, shall pass.
Being grateful forces us to overcome our ‘internal chatterbox’ – the wee gremlin which has the tendency to dwell on problems, annoyances and distances us from our greater self.
My Dad has always had the beautiful ability to be thankful and focus on the good. Part of me truly believes that a further reason why he is still with us, is because of his daily devotion to practicing gratitude.
Such a simple action with an astounding impact – practicing gratitude needs to become a necessary part of your daily routine, in order to live a happier existence.
Closely ask yourself – what are you grateful for today? I’m pretty sure you will surprise yourself with how many things you will find to be thankful for.
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