Gratitude encourages us to shift our focus from a negative perspective to a positive one. It’s an important tool that will help you become the happiest and most peaceful version of yourself. We all know what it means to be grateful, but why should we practice it every day? We often allow our focus to linger a little bit longer on the negative. When we practice gratitude each day, we are strengthening our ability to recognize the good in any given situation.
One of my favorite quotes is by Charles R. Swindoll. He states, “Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” You can choose to let one negative situation impact your entire day, or you can choose to look at it in a positive light and carry on. I’ve been practicing gratitude consistently for the past few months and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my mood. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain when you have a gratitude mindset. Here are 4 reasons to practice gratitude.
1) Create Better Habits Many of us tend to focus on the negative. Whether it’s a comment someone made or an experience that we had, the bad ones tend to stick out. When we practice gratitude, we are changing our perspective to focus on the positives, even in a negative situation.
2) Appreciate What You Have Practicing gratitude teaches us to appreciate what we have. There’s so much to be grateful for. From waking up in a cozy bed, to having food on the table, it’s the little things that shouldn’t be missed. When you appreciate what you have, you are no longer focusing your attention on what you don’t have.
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.– Oprah winfrey.
3) Attract Positive Energy When you radiate positive energy, you attract it. You’ll start to notice who you feel good around and begin to prioritize what types of people you want in your life. You’ll learn to let go of people who have a problem for every solution and start attracting like-minded individuals who lift you up. You’ll no longer settle and spend your time with people who leave you feeling drained.
4) Happier Version of You We are human and there will be times when we give in to negative emotions. By practicing gratitude, I’ve learned that I can allow myself to feel these emotions but not let it consume me. I’ll allow myself 5-10 minutes to vent, get angry, and sulk. Once that time is up, I’m back to shifting my focus on the positives. This has brought me peace because I am no longer replaying a bad situation in my mind or holding on to it.
Every obstacle that we face is a learning lesson. That is already one positive take away. We can’t control everything that happens to us, but we can control how we manage them. Let’s practice gratitude together. Today I am grateful for my health, new opportunities, and for this platform to share my thoughts. Share one thing that you’re grateful for today in the comments. For more wellness posts, visit my tag here.