Learning how to use the power of gratitude can make a big difference to our daily experiences.
Being grateful isn’t something we should do once in a while or when something “good” happens in our lives. To fully use the power of gratitude, it has to be a daily practice.
Why Should You Use the Power of Gratitude
Gratitude is a way of being or an attitude. Benefits of being grateful include:
- Improved mental, emotional and physical health.
- Less stress, anxiety or mental turmoil.
- Higher energy levels.
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Better self-care.
- Greater capacity to forgive and let go.
- Healthier relationships.
- Greater levels of joy and happiness.
- More self-acceptance.
- Higher levels of presence and calmness.
Since being grateful brings many benefits, we have to learn to use it to our advantage.
How to Use the Power of Gratitude to Your Advantage
Here are five mindset shifts you can make to use gratitude to your advantage. These are life practices that will enhance the way you can harness being grateful.
- Shift from trying to practice gratitude to living in a state of always being grateful. This does not mean we should ignore things that are not going well. It’s about accepting the good and bad things for what they are, while remaining in a state of gratitude.
- Shift from being grateful if certain conditions are met to being grateful for no reason. Everything we experience is necessary for us to live the life we want and become who we want to be. We don’t need something we consider a positive thing or experience to be grateful.
- Shift from complaining about your problems and challenges to viewing them as possible gifts. The ability to look for something good in any situation is a powerful mindset to have. We should never pretend we don’t have problems or challenges. Instead, we can use our perspective to look for new opportunities from our problems or challenges.
- Shift from only being grateful for what you can see or experience to being grateful for what is not there yet. A deeper level is being grateful for something we want that we don’t have. Having the understanding that if we conceive an idea, we already have it in the non-physical world, is powerful.
- Shift from viewing being grateful as something you should do to something you get to do. Being grateful is a choice. If we accept the benefits of gratitude, then it should not be something we should do. It’s something we get to celebrate because we have the choice to practice it.
Practical Ways to Use the Power of Gratitude
Here are simple ways you can make gratitude a life practice.
- Write at least three things you experienced over the past 24 hours that you are grateful for in a journal.
- Write at least three things you want to experience from a state of gratitude in the same journal.
- Before having a meal, give thanks and feel grateful for what you’re about to eat.
- Keep a success or victory log with pictures, words and drawings of things you have experienced and also want to experience.
- Whenever you notice yourself complaining about something, pause and find something you can be grateful for.
Gratitude is a habit, a choice, an attitude and a practice. The better we can harness it, the better experiences we’ll have.
As we use the power of gratitude to our advantage, we’ll feel so much better about who we are and the life we’re living. It will require us to make it a daily practice to enjoy its benefits.
Action Step: Select a specific time to practice gratitude. Examples can include straight after waking up or just before your first meal of the day. The key is to have a regular time to practice it. To take it to the next level, you can select multiple times each day to be grateful.
Question: What are other ways you can use the power of gratitude to your advantage?