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.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein
Several studies have found that practicing gratitude can actually help you feel a lot better and happier in life from a psychological viewpoint. It can also greatly improve your health other than reducing your stress levels and improving your mood. During the 1980s, academic psychologists studied the effects of gratitude and various other positive psychological tools. The researchers found that practicing gratitude regularly can lead to reduced depression, decreased stress and anxiety, improved happiness and overall emotional well-being.
Moreover, in 2003 psychologists Robert Emmons of the University of California and Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas conducted a study on gratitude and how it impacts our general well-being. The two psychologists asked hundreds of university students to write down a list of things they were grateful for and submit their gratitude list on a weekly basis. At the end of the study, it was found that the students were a lot happier and their lives had visibly improved. The researchers concluded that practicing gratitude can boost your happiness levels by almost 25%.
Why gratitude matters
“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.”
– Rhonda Byrne
You can never imagine how simply being thankful can bring such a huge change in your life until you start practicing gratitude. It will not only make you a more positive and happier person, but gratitude will also make you more productive, more generous, more confident, an achiever and much better in all your relationships.
Here’s how incorporating gratitude into your life will change your life
1. Gratitude makes you positive
Practicing gratitude helps to shift your mental focus from shortage, lack, and negativity to developing a more abundance mindset. What we focus on in life, is exactly what we get. It’s what we move towards. It’s what the universe gives us. When you are hooked on to negativity, you will keep focusing on your problems even though they can be solved easily. On the contrary, when you are optimistic, you will only focus on achieving your goals despite having numerous obstacles.
By focusing on what you have in your life and being thankful for it, you can gain a monumental shift in what you focus on in life. Gratitude helps you move from a state of shortage to a state of abundance.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
2. Gratitude enhances the quality of your life
Gratitude can change your life by greatly improving how you live. From your emotional strength and mental health to spiritual wellness and even physical health, all can be improved by the mere act of practicing gratitude. A number of studies have associated the practice of gratitude with experiencing the satisfaction in life. It no surprise that grateful people are contented, satiated and fulfilled.