The habits of expressing gratitude have been a daily practice for many people nowadays. Even some people have started to write down things they are being grateful for in their daily journal. You might have known about the importance of grateful expressions and started daily practice. However, do you know why people suggest and practice it regularly? Many people feel that they are happier to be more grateful and appreciative of the good things in their life, but there are some benefits to being more grateful.
There are a lot of traditions from people around the world that expose the expressions of being grateful in certain holidays or periods of time. Thanksgiving is an American holiday that is all about being grateful. Meanwhile, birthday celebration around the world is mainly about being grateful as well. From the global rituals and traditions, people bring them more intensely to the personal life in their habits. Now, it is something common to have a gratitude section in the personal journal or planner.
Benefits to Being More Grateful
Decrease the Patterns of Negative Thinking Mindset
Have you ever felt that you are the unluckiest person ever? It sounds like bad things always happen to you because one bad thing starts the chain? You cannot prevent the unlucky chain happens to you. It might sound familiar to you. When one bad thing happens, there must be the worst things that come up next afterward. It might be a coincidence, but most of the time it might simply be your negative thinking mindset that attracts the bad things. It is similar to the law of attraction but in a negative way. When you have already had a negative thinking mindset, then everything is not an accident or coincidence anymore.
Being grateful is a positive thinking mindset that appreciates anything that happens either for the good or bad. The attitude of gratitude will attract the positive things happen because whatever happens, you will be able to accept and appreciate something positive. Thus, when you focus more on good things, you will get something better in your life.
Turn Down The Level of Stress
Too much pressure will make people feel worried and stressed. It happens because people try to refuse what happens to them. Instead of appreciation, denial, and refusal to something happen will lead to being stress.
Being grateful will dismiss stress sooner or later because the attitude of gratitude will appreciate anything that happens. Thus, it leads to amazing results that dismiss the stress, which is the opposite of the pure attitude of gratitude.
The stress might not disappear magically because the attitude of gratitude might still be in the stage of running away from reality. However, at least you train yourself to appreciate your life. Thus, anything that you have been worried about is not going to be that important anymore. You will focus more on the good things that happen to you, instead.
Help You To Be More Merciful and Compassionate
The habit of showing gratitude and being grateful will make you to be a more patient person. You will get some benefits in more mature behavior at the same time. When you start to focus on being grateful for what you have got and experienced, you will be able to forgive others for things that might have hurt you and other things they might have done.
You will be more compassionate because you will also be more focused on your own joyful life. Thus, you will feel sympathetic to others who cannot enjoy their life. Then you can understand what other people are struggling with within their life.
Let You Acknowledge Life Better, Even in the Hard Periods
As you train yourself to express your gratitude for anything that happens, either big or small, either good or bad, you will be able to focus on good things. You will feel that that the stressful situation and the pressures you experience are not that bad at all since there are always good things behind the bad things. Thus, you start to appreciate life better, for whatever happens.
When you feel that money is so tight to earn when you need it the most, you are still being grateful for being healthy enough to work and to live. When you are not healthy, you feel lucky that you still can afford the medicine or the cure. Those are a couple of examples.
The habit of being grateful for everything will open your mind and see life as a whole and balance. That means that you will be able to see both the positive and negative, instead of just one side of them. Thus, you cannot live only on the negative side and think it is a life mistake.
Give more Hope in the Future
The ability to accept and appreciate life better will give positive energy to your life. You will always have hope for the future since you see life as a whole. There should always be ways to solve your problems when you believe that. It is not only nonsense self-consolation. The solutions might not be instant, but hope is powerful. It will make people stay away from being frustrated and keep their mental health.
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