The Secret Of Happiness: 5 Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life
Do you want to be happy in life? Do you wish to be healthier? Do you want a deeper and more loving relationship? What if I told you all of that is possible and even more? And it’s easier than you can imagine. Would you believe me? Well, you should.
Practicing gratitude and maintaining a gratitude journal can significantly change your life. You will gain a new perspective in life as gratitude will positively impact your mindset, motivation, and mood. But despite all the research and scientific evidence, most of us refrain from practicing gratitude on a daily basis.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
– Zig Ziglar
Now it’s time to change that because gratitude is the magic solution that can help change your life.
What is gratitude?
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
Gratitude is the practice of appreciating what you have and being thankful for it. It refers to noticing and enjoying the simple pleasures, acknowledging what you are receiving and feeling blessed. It means you are mindful and aware of what you have been blessed with continually. This allows you to find miracles in everything you do and have in your life. It helps to shift your mindset from scarcity to abundance and enables you to see what is already present in your life instead of what is lacking.
Psychological and behavioral studies have found that practicing gratitude and keeping a daily gratitude journal can help you improve your life in surprising ways. Being thankful allows you to be happier, flexible and mentally strong. Gratitude also helps to improve your health, reduce anxiety & stress and strengthen your relationships.
Developing an attitude of gratitude
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
– Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
I know how cheesy this may sound to you right now. I was there not too long ago. I used to be ungrateful in life and always wanted more out of life. I believed I was capable of achieving much more and was stuck due to some bad luck streak. It was only after losing all that I had I realized I had everything I needed. No, this is not a plot from a Hollywood romcom. This is how real life works. It was only after I was unemployed, dumped (not in that order), depressed, friendless, broke and hopeless, I learned how gratitude could change my life. Even when I had nothing, I still had enough to stand back up.
It was very easy to be ungrateful in this digital age. All those Instagram posts and those fabulous so-called influencers do is make us feel how worthless our life is. The only thing these influencers do is leave us wanting more. To look better. To eat at fancier restaurants. To wear expensive clothes. To go travel in exotic locations.
I am not saying wanting all that is wrong. You should strive to achieve more and live a better life. But when you feel the life you have right now is not good enough, that’s where the problem begins. Society has by default programmed us to be ungrateful. We are programmed to seek more. Buy more, consume more. And this can make us disillusioned into wanting things that we don’t really want and not be grateful about our lives.
And this is why it’s even more important now for us to develop an attitude of gratitude. Personally, I thought gratitude was a bit cliche. Some kind of psychological hack that’s supposed to make feel better for a while. So I dismissed it initially. But as I did some research and started maintaining a gratitude journal regularly and intentionally, I realized this was the exact solution I needed in my life.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
– Robert Brault
After practicing gratitude for a few months, I became a more humble and generally happier person. I felt a lot more calmer than before and way less frustrated than I used to be. Here are a few benefits I personally experienced after keeping a daily gratitude journal for a few months:
- I had a more positive mindset and was more optimistic in life
- I had high energy levels and all the lethargy was gone
- I felt enthusiastic and more joyful
- I was far less depressed, irritated and stressed
- I was exercising regularly was a lot healthier
- I was sleeping better every night
- I was more focused at work and had job satisfaction
- I found inner peace and was more content and happier
Gratitude allowed me to experience happiness, contentment and inner peace after a long, long time. All the failures I had gone through in my life made it easier for me to identify the small things I needed to be thankful for. Gratitude empowered me to gain a new perspective and transformed my life.