One of the things that I have taken up this year is to show more gratitude. According to Merriam-Webster, gratitude is the state of being grateful. To be grateful is to be appreciative of benefits received, to express gratitude. It is also recognizing the good that you have in your life, and more often than not you realize that this is something that is outside of what you have done individually. Being grateful allows you to increase connections; with people, and God. How often are you expressing gratitude? How often are you appreciative of the things that you have received daily in your life?
What I Learned About Myself
Here is something that I realized, I was NOT appreciative, I did NOT express gratitude or give thanks, in fact, often I noticed that I concentrated on everything that was going wrong in my life. I was the glass is half empty kinda girl. I had talked myself out of wanting anything good in my life, like love, a family, or success. I thought that I would never get them, because I would most certainly do something to lose them. I often thought about anything that was negative, I even thought about all the negative things that could or would happen, and wonder why they would eventually come true! Well duh, it was because that was all that I chose to see. If all you choose to think about is how awful things are and could be, then that is what you will receive.
Your Thoughts Are Powerful
After learning that I concentrated on the bad, sometimes without even realizing it, I noticed that I needed to change. So, I decided to challenge myself (and others) to concentrate on the things that are good in my life. I realized that I have so much to be thankful for! My desire is to find a minimum of three things daily that I am grateful for and keep a log of them. I believe if I spend my day looking for these things that I will be less likely to concentrate on the things that aren’t so great.
I found this nifty app called Zest, and it sends you daily reminders to write in a gratitude journal; also, you have the option to add pictures. You can also choose to share your journal too.
Every Day Can’t Be Great, Right?
Hey, I know that some days are more difficult than others, and identifying things may be hard. Not every day is awesome for everyone. This can be a challenge at first, but I promise as you continue to do it, finding things to appreciate gets easier! It becomes second nature! In the beginning, keep in mind that you can totally be grateful for something super small, like simply getting up, and getting out of bed on time, or recognizing how beautiful the sun is shining.
What About People?
This also works for people too; you know that one person that drives you bonkers, or your boss that you can’t wait to see leave? Try to think of some ways to appreciate them too. It will help you recognize that they too have positives, and you won’t always be concentrating on their faults. I know that this can be hard, but the goal is to find something to appreciate no matter how big or small. Right? Right.
How Does Gratitude Change Your Life?
Increasing your gratitude activates abundance in your life. You have more positive emotions, you feel better, and you build better relationships. When you spend your day looking for the good things in life, you don’t have time to concentrate on what could go wrong. Being hopeful about the future, will lead to you anticipating all the good that will come! Doing this will help with the process of renewing your mind to rid yourself of those damaging and self-defeating thoughts.
What do you think about gratitude? Have you ever thought of starting a gratitude journal? If so, how did it go? If not, why not start one today and let me know how it goes.