3. Gratitude makes you happier
When you practice gratitude regularly, you can drastically change your life and be a lot happier. As I mentioned earlier, the study by psychologists Dr. Robert A. Emmons and Dr. Michael E. McCullough found that their control group of participants were a lot happier about life simply by writing down things they were thankful for. This forces you to appreciate what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t. Being grateful makes you feel better about yourself and allows you to enjoy yourself and your life just the way it is.
4. Gratitude improves your faith
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
– Willie Nelson
Regardless of what religion you believe in, gratitude can enhance and strengthen your faith in God or the Universe and eventually transform your life. By being grateful, you develop a deeper appreciation for the blessings you receive in life. This not only improves your belief in your spiritual self and the Supreme Being, but it also strengthens your faith. You start to believe that everything is happening for a reason and you have the strength to stand whatever storm you are facing. That you will be able to overcome every obstacle and emerge victoriously. It gives you the inner strength to accomplish your goals and become a more empathetic and better person.
5. Gratitude gives you mental peace
When you stop believing you will be happy when you do this or achieve that, when you stop continually pursuing something when you are grateful for exactly what you have right now, you experience a certain type of inner peace. You develop an inner belief that gives you piece of mind which can never be experienced when you live with constant expectation. It makes you humble even when you rise to success. This is something you can never get when you are manipulating yourself or others to achieve your feeble-minded goals. Gratefulness and gratitude instills positive vibrations, goodwill and inner peace that enable you to add value to your community and the world.
Apart from these, here are some other ways practicing gratitude can change your life:
6. Gratitude improves your physical, mental and emotional health
7. Gratitude reduces your inner fears and phobias
8. Gratitude makes you more productive and improves our career
9. Gratitude helps develop your personality
10. Gratitude makes you less self-centered
11. Gratitude reduces aggression and enhances empathy
12. Gratitude boosts mental strength
13. Gratitude reduces jealousy and envy
14. Grateful helps you sleep better
15. Gratitude makes you less materialistic
16. Gratitude improves your self-esteem
17. Gratitude helps you relax
18. Gratitude increases your energy levels
19. Gratitude allows you to make new friends
20. Gratitude deepens your relationships and marriage
21. Gratitude helps you achieve your goals
22. Gratitude makes you live longer
I hope these reasons are enough for you to start practicing gratitude and keeping your own gratitude journal from today. Although it is not a cure-all solution, gratitude is a criminally underutilized tool that can improve happiness and satisfaction in life.
Cultivate gratitude, cultivate happiness
“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.”
– Jim Rohn
If you feel you deserve a life better than you are living right now, then it’s time for you to give gratitude a try. It will give you the peace you need and the strength to create the life you believe you deserve. What I have realized is that it doesn’t matter how much we have achieved in life. What matters is how well we have lived our lives. How we feel. What we think. How satisfied we are with ourselves while we strive to create a better life. How much we appreciate life and the ones we have with us on this amazing journey.
Gratitude teaches us to be grateful for being alive irrespective of the circumstances. And that kind of thinking develops a lot of mental and emotional strength. This is the kind of thinking that drives you towards success and happiness. This is the kind of thinking that you can develop through gratitude.
Gratitude is the easiest and simplest practice that helps you change your life and feel the happiness and peace you have inside.
Thanks cost nothing.