Let that sink in.
In such a busy and fast-paced world, we often don’t take the time to be truly grateful. The funny thing about gratitude; it’s a contagious loop.
Think back to a time when someone said something nice to you or did something nice for you without expectation.
Maybe your boss complimented your work ethic, or your spouse warmed up your car for you on a cold winter morning. Did that spur the notion to then do something nice for them or even someone else? Probably so. Now answer the next question: Did you want to reciprocate because you felt grateful or because you felt obligated?
If your desire was to pay it forward, you’re on the right track! However, if you felt like you owed a return gesture, you probably would benefit from learning more about the beauty of a grateful attitude. Being grateful leads to more happiness and a deeper connection with others, as well as yourself.
We have broken down the benefits living a grateful life into five main categories. Peruse the following amazing advantages of living gratefully and decide for yourself if it’s worth integrating into your life.
” Less anxiety and depression – focus is on what you have instead of stressing over the past or worrying about the future.
” More relaxed – a grateful heart is a calm heart.
” Improved resilience – when adversity strikes, a grateful attitude bounces back faster.
” More mindful – take time to smell the roses.
Social & Relationships
” Deeper connections with people – grateful people engage on a different level with people, a deeper level.
” Quality over quantity in relationships – it’s never about quantity to a grateful person; quality always wins.
” More outgoing in social circles – comfort level increased in social situations and you’re more likely to participate in things you would have turned your nose up at before.
” Appreciated by others – deemed a positive lifef orce in the lives of others and they appreciate your relationship.
” Improved relationship with superiors, coworkers and subordinates – communication improves, stress levels aren’t quite as high and grateful people are fair people.
” Greater level of respect – your work is valued and those around you develop a desire to mimic your style and ethics.
” Easier to work with in group projects/tasks – because you are reliable, steady, always point out the good and value the opinions of others makes it easy to work with you on a project.
” Increased chances for career advancement – being grateful means you aren’t spiteful or ultra-competitive; you know your work will be seen and you take pride in a job well done.
” Longer lifespan – happy and less stressed people live longer, fuller lives.
” Improved energy levels – less stress and a happy disposition are key components for increased energy.
” Less sickness – immune system doesn’t take a beating by negative energy.
” More sound, quality sleep – going to bed with a grateful heart and a mind at ease pave the way for good sound sleep.
” Less concern with material possessions – you know things don’t make you happy, so no need to perseverate over what you do or don’t have.
” More optimistic – being grateful goes hand-in-hand with being optimistic; pessimism and negativity aren’t productive or warranted.
” Less negative self-talk – while you are appreciating everyone and everything else, you learn to appreciate yourself and do away with destructive self-talk.
” Improved confidence – now that the negative self-talk is a thing of the past, your confidence and self-esteem gets a mighty lift as you think of yourself in a more positive manner.
” Look forward to the future – even when you’re down on your luck, the future is filled with possibilities and great things when you have a grateful mindset.
Want More Happiness? Get Grateful!
As you can see from the five lifestyle categories listed above, living a grateful life touches virtually aspect and every relationship. You can change your life for the better just by being grateful. It doesn’t cost a penny and the benefits are astounding!
You really only need a few minutes a week to get started. And it will take a couple months or more before it actually sticks and becomes habit, but you’ll be so glad when it does.
Below you’ll find an excellent way to jumpstart your plan for becoming happier and more grateful.
Once a week:
1. Write three things you are grateful for at the end of each week in a journal.
2. Compliment a stranger about anything except a physical possession; you liked the way they handled a situation or the way they were patient in the checkout line, etc.
3. Tell a loved one or friend something you appreciate about them each week.
That’s it. Those three things. Total time necessary is less than five minutes. And in time your grateful spirit will start spilling out into other areas and become reflexive.
You won’t even really have to make yourself aware of what you should be grateful for, it will just happen. That’s the beauty of it. It’s like a muscle. You have to give it a routine workout to see the benefits.
Pretty soon it becomes like muscle memory and works on its own, providing you with a happier and more fulfilling life.