Gratitude is both a skill and a practice. The better we become at it, the better our lives will be.
In the book, The Science of Getting Rich, author Wallace Wattles wrote a whole chapter on gratitude. In it he said, “When good things come to us, the more grateful we fix our mind on the Supreme Power, the more good things we will receive — and the more rapidly they will come. The reason for this is simply that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into close touch with the source from which the blessing comes.”
It has almost been a decade now since the movie, The Secret, came out and in the movie, all the teachers interviewed spoke of the importance of having a regular gratitude practice.
After watching the movie, I decided to adopt a daily gratitude practice and I continue to learn and experience the power of gratitude. I have no doubt that adopting the practice of being grateful each day has:
- Improved my mindset.
- Allowed me to see things from different perspectives a lot easier.
- Created better relationships with people.
- Helped alleviate stress a lot easier.
- Made me truly appreciate all that I have in life.
So why is this idea of being grateful so important?
As Wallace Wattles said, The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions.
This simply means that when we put something good out into the world, something good will come back to us. While something good may not come back straight away, we know according to law, it has to when the time is right.
The hardest time to be grateful is when we’re going through tough times, however that is also the most important time to be grateful as it will allow us to easily change our perspective on what we’re experiencing.
The truth is having a regular gratitude practice will generate more feelings of happiness and also result in a lot more benefits than we may even realise. Here are ten reasons why being grateful is valuable and will make us happier, and why we should have a regular gratitude practice.
- It makes you focus on what’s going right in your life. We cannot focus on what’s wrong and right at the same time. When we’re grateful, we’re automatically allowing ourselves to look at the positive things happening in our lives.
- It causes you to look at experiences or events for what they are. Oftentimes, we make situations out to be worse than they really are so by being grateful, we see things for what they are. It is helpful to not make an experience or event better or worse than it actually is. As the saying goes, “It is what it is!”*
- It allows you to be more present. When we’re grateful we are not worried about the past or the future. All we have is what we have right now — the present moment. Gratitude makes us more present.
- It fosters a positive attitude. We cannot be grateful unless we’re in a healthy, positive state. Gratitude strengthens our mental toughness which makes us deal with adversities a lot better.
- It helps you recognise how much you have to give. We truly live in an abundant universe and being grateful makes us realise how lucky we are. We have so much to give to those who are less fortunate than we are. We have more than enough so it helps us appreciate the things we do have.
- It makes you reconsider what is truly important. Sometimes, in those quiet moments of reflection, we connect with what is most important to us. When we’re being grateful, we place less importance on material pursuits and shift our focus to adding value in the world or being of greater service to others.
- It evolves as you do. It will get quite boring and uninspiring if we’re being grateful for the same things over and over again. This is why gratitude will make us recall all the different moments and experiences we have each day. As we evolve, so will our experiences, which also means that our practice of gratitude will evolve with us. The more we are grateful for, the more we will be given to be grateful for.
- It makes you a wiser person. Our results or the quality of our life is always in direct proportion to our level of awareness. The more aware we become, the better our results will be. Our wisdom naturally increases as we grow older. Allowing ourselves to be grateful more often will lead us to acquire a higher level of awareness and greater wisdom.
- It enhances your faith and belief in achieving your goals. The next level of gratitude is when you can be grateful for something that you don’t currently have. We often achieve what we want when we have the belief that we will get what we want. If we’re able to be grateful for something that is currently invisible, it will speed up the process of it becoming visible. That is the law.
- It makes you appreciate your life a lot more. People often say life was meant to be hard. Personally, I don’t buy into that idea because we make our lives what we want it to be. When we’re grateful, we know that life is good and it can continue to get better if we want it to.
The question we need to ask ourselves is whether we are actually practicing what we believe. It can be very easy to agree that being grateful is valuable but it is a lot harder to make it a daily habit.
The best part about it is that this does not require a lot of time. It can take as little or as much time as we want.
Action Step: Start adopting a regular gratitude practice today. It will be even better if you can make it a daily practice. You will be surprised how quickly your experiences improve.
Question: How has being grateful helped make you a happier person
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