With Thanksgiving right around the corner there is going to be a huge surge in the expression of gratitude. With the holidays upon us it’s the time of the year when most people start to reflect on the past year and on life in general.
It’s basically the time when you start to do something that you really should be doing more frequently.
When you look back and think about all that you have to be grateful for you feel good and appreciative. So why wait until the end of the year to muster up that feeling?
One year, dead smack in the middle of the year, I made it a point to become more appreciative. It was just something I decide to after speaking with people going through tougher challenges than I.
It was something that I always knew I should’ve been doing but just didn’t. But after speaking at lengths about different kinds of challenges it made me realize that even though I may have been experiencing a struggle I still had something to be grateful for.
Little did I know that I actually needed this to get through those hard times.
After accepting an attitude of gratitude as a part of my daily life it was like everything changed, but somehow it was still pretty much the same. It was amazing actually.
It’s not just for Thanksgiving
A lot of people just look at thanksgiving as a holiday. You go spend time with your family and perhaps give thanks before the feast, but for most it just about the food. There aren’t too many times in a single year you’ll intentionally eat that much.
There may even be a moment when you realize that you should be grateful more often. But by the time the next day rolls around that sentiment has been forgotten.
Basically, you don’t express gratitude enough. You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to be grateful. Just like you don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to show your significant other how much you care.
Sure you might say thank you when someone holds the door open for you but that isn’t quite what I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong that is good too, but that can’t be all you’ve got.
If you can recognize that a stranger holding the door for you is something to be appreciative of, then I’m sure you know there is much more in your life that deserves your gratitude. And you don’t have to say it all aloud.
There are more benefits to being grateful that you may realize. It’s a lot deeper than just letting someone know that you appreciate them not letting the door to slam in your face. But again, that’s good too J.
If you’re not expressing your gratitude on a regular basis it’s probably because you don’t see the bigger purpose in it. Like many things in life, simple things have a greater impact.
Expressing gratitude often can benefit you tremendously. This is why you should be grateful every day.
Once becoming appreciative becomes a part of your demeanor you’ll instantly become more positive. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed but people with a positive attitude are unstoppable.
You’ll end up achieving goals like they were simple chores you’ve done a thousand times. Your eyes will be opened to what is important to you. You’ll know exactly what you want and become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to getting it.
You’ll be living the life you want sooner rather than later. And actually be happy while building it.
This is how an attitude of gratitude affects you, you’ll be:
When you know what your life is worth you tend to get a bit excited.
Reflecting on things or just being grateful in the moment brings awareness of what is going on. The more you begin to realize there is plenty to be appreciative of, the more excited about life you become.
2. Goal oriented
After realizing how much good stuff you have going on, you’ll want more. The feeling that it gives you will motivate you to work on your outstanding desires so that you can soon be grateful for them also.
Life will continue to have its ups and downs but you will still be motivated to find a way to come out on top. No matter what happens you’ll be able to bounce back.
When you focus on the good things going on in your life your optimism increases. By recognized the things to be grateful for you become more positive about the way your life is going and how it will continue.
Being thankful makes you take stock and acknowledge the things that are going on in it. You realize what is working, what you’re doing and how to continue on to creating your ideal life.
6. Less stressed
If you’re easily stressed out you’ll notice that after practicing regular gratitude that it’ll take a little more to get you riled up. And even when you do you’re able to coming down from it quicker than before.
This will be all because you’re more aware of the great things around you.
Regularly recognizing the good things life has to offer you and you have already experienced will make you happy in general. You’ll know things aren’t as bad as they may seem and that there is actually something to smile about.
When you feel good about the things around you, you begin to feel good about yourself also. Why else would all these great things have such a presence in your life, because you’re awesome!
Ironically, being negative and ungrateful takes a lot out of you. Moaning and complaining is draining mentally and physically, you just don’t feel up to anything.
Living a life of appreciation is the exact opposite. Being positive is motivating, you want to get things done and you’ll be up to do take on the task.
10. Know what you really want
Putting your focus on things to be grateful for opens your mind to a lot more. You begin to look at things differently and realize the things that you can’t be without before taking them for granted.
Sometimes you can be confused by what would truly cheer up your life. But having an attitude of gratitude helps put things into perspective.
Your idea of gratitude may be just a simple phrase that you say to someone who has helped you but that isn’t the end of it. Being thankful isn’t just a mannerism.
Let go of the habit of mindless thankful gestures and phrases, put some real thought behind it, be more conscious. If it helps create a gratitude journal, and spend 5 minutes a day listing the things you’re grateful for.
Or if you’re like me, you can just review a few things in your head or be grateful in the moment that thing is happening.
Being thankful isn’t just something you do on a holiday or solely about the other person, there’s something in it for you too. Something big!
All the things discussed can have a profound impact on your daily life. They can change your life in ways you couldn’t imagine, all coming from something so simple.
Here are just 10 benefits of adopting an attitude of gratitude, trust me there is much more to come, so why not start today.
How about you…
Do you express gratitude every day? If so, what impact has it had on you?
What are you grateful for?