Can gratitude change your life?
During these challenging times, one of the most important qualities in our lives is gratitude. Part of our mission is to empower people with gratitude and teach them how to use it in order to change their everyday life for the better.
WHAT IS GRATITUDE?
Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access.
It's a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.
To help you on your gratitude journey, here are 7 ways to have more gratitude in your daily life.
1. Appreciate everything
“Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.”
This simply means that victories regularly come in increments, and that small improvements are often worth celebrating.
Keep this in mind as you work to achieve your goals (regardless of size)!
2. Find gratitude in your challenges
This is oftentimes easier said than done.
Keep in mind, though, that when approached constructively, challenges often bring out our best selves.
They make us stronger and more focused, confident and capable.
3. Practice mindfulness = more understanding of how things truly are
We won't blame you if you are having bad thoughts as we are all living in a world that is full of suffering and pain.
By forcing yourself to consider specific things you’re grateful for every day, you’ll train your mind to more naturally think in these terms.
4. Commit to one complaint-free day a week
In retreats, people are advised to stay silent so that they don't waste energy on talking and they divert all their energies for inner transformation.
So, let's have one day per week where we don't complain for 24 hours, we can only appreciate and experience our moments.
5. Set a Goal Every Single Day. If there's no passion, no motivation
Passion is the love for the thing that you're doing. The need to keep it in your life. The enjoyment.
Motivation is the WHY, the reason you have to keep reminding yourself to carry on.
And Goals provide the direction you need to reach your destination, the motivation to sustain you on your trip, and a way to measure your progress. The best way to get results is to plan for the future, but live one day at a time.
6. Connect with your feelings without judgement.
From a psychological perspective, higher levels of gratitude increase happiness, reduce depression and aggression, and cultivate resilience in life.
Being selfless helps us act from our heart and soul instead of our ego, tapping into our true desired feelings.
7. Spend time with loved ones and focus on what you want to create.
The levels of positivity in the company you keep can directly affect your ability to be feel gratitude.
Being around your people and those you love and respect can feel energizing and lead to greater levels of optimism in your life.
Gratitude is a virtue because we chose to celebrate, rather than to resent, what is.
The Roman philosopher Cicero declared:
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others."
We hope this simple guide inspired you to make more of this odd quarantine situation we are all part of at this moment. We know changing habits and mindset is hard, but it is more than worth it when you witness the results.
Until the next time, have a peaceful day :)