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WHAT IS GRATITUDE?
The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
However, it’s easy to be ungrateful these days, isn’t it? It’s easy to want things we don’t have. In fact, I’d even go as far as saying it’s stitched into the very material of our society.
Everywhere we turn, we are reminded of the fact of how little we do have rather than how much we have to be grateful for.
In a society that’s governed by the haves versus the have nots, where money and assets are all powerful and helps epitomize the alluring facets of life like freedom, security and power, it’s easy to be ungrateful. When you are working tirelessly to no avail, unable to get ahead in life, especially enduring the heartache of failure or financial crisis, it’s simple to get disillusioned and easy to not be grateful.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratus, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.
We recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … Acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.
As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Why is gratitude important?
Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• Elevated joy and pleasure
• Extended optimism and happiness
• More alert, alive and awake
• You forgive more
• Increased helpfulness, generosity and compassion
• Feels less lonely and isolated
WHAT GOOD DOES GRATITUDE DO?
Having Gratitude reduces your inner most fears
It’s hard to be fearful and grateful at the same time. Fear is what occurs when we’re left to dwell on topics that we fell are out of our control.
We extrapolate the worst possible scenario and picture our future plight and our eventual demise when we are living in a state of fear. But by being grateful, fear can be overcome. When we are fearful of things that puts us into a state of scarcity.
Being grateful, however, puts you into a state of Abundance.
Gratitude allows us to celebrate the present. It magnifies positive emotions.
Gratitude makes us appreciate the value of something, and when we appreciate the value of something, we extract more benefits from it; we’re less likely to take it for granted.
I think gratitude allows us to participate more in life. We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life. Instead of adapting to goodness, we celebrate goodness. We spend so much time watching things—movies, computer screens, sports—but with gratitude we become greater participants in our lives as opposed to spectators.
It strengthens and enhances your faith
Whatever religion or faith you believe in, whether it is Jesus, Allah, Buddha, or even that spiritual oneness that binds us to one another for all agnostics out there.
There’s a deep-rooted appreciation for things that arise for those that are grateful. In fact, it becomes baked into the very fabric of their being. Consecutively, it strengthens their faith and the belief in all things.
For me, it’s my belief in Allah and the realization that I am truly never alone and I am completely grateful for everything in my life, including my problems.
Gratitude transforms your faith by instilling the belief that you are not alone and that whatever it is that you are going through, it will pass and that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel.
Gratitude blocks toxic, negative emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret—emotions that can destroy our happiness.
You cannot feel envious and grateful at the same time. They’re incompatible feelings. If you’re grateful, you can’t resent someone for having something that you don’t.
Grateful people are more stress resistant and have peace of mind
There’s a number of studies showing that in the face of serious trauma, adversity, and suffering, if people have a grateful disposition, they’ll recover more quickly. I believe gratitude gives people a perspective from which they can interpret negative life events and help them guard against post-traumatic stress and lasting anxiety.
There’s an inner belief that develops when you’re truly grateful for things. It provides sound piece of mind, the kind that doesn’t exist when you live with the expectation of certain things. If you’ve ever noticed people who expect certain things out of life, or who attempt to bend the will of others for their personal advancement, you’ll find feeble-minded individuals who don’t get far.
There’s a respect that develops for those that can stay humble, even while enduring the meteoric rise to success, fame or stardom. Humility is definitely one of the prevailing qualities of man.
Gratitude shifts your focus
Life is all about focus. Whatever we focus on, we move towards. When we live in a state of lack and negativity, we see more of that. It’s easy to see something in a negative light when you’re focused on that. It’s easy to see all the problems and dilemmas surrounding a situation when your thinking is habitually geared towards that.
In turn, it’s also easy to see things in a positive light, even when problems arise. If you’ve ever met an always-positive person, you know just how true this statement is. Even when something goes wrong, they look for the silver-lining in the situation. If they can’t find one, they simply state that something good will eventually come out of whatever they’re going through.
Having gratitude can change your life because it breathes positivity into everything you’re doing.
Grateful people have a higher sense of self-worth. I think that’s because when you’re grateful, you have the sense that someone else is looking out for you—someone else has provided for your well-being, or you notice a network of relationships, past and present, of people who are responsible for helping you get to where you are right now.
“A thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals–whether to other people, nature, or a higher power” Unknown