Today I want to share with you the importance of gratitude and how it can positively impact our mental health. With this in mind, think of a time when you had a bad day and instead of focusing on all the negative things that happened on that day, come up with five positive things and be thankful for them.
Gratitude is a positive element and therefore it can improve your mood. You will find that you are much happier focusing on the positive things in your life than the negative.
According to AMY MORIN, a psychotherapist and author of 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO, gratitude is associated with greater happiness. It helps people feel more positive emotions and build strong relationships. Developing an attitude of gratitude is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.
Some of the benefits of gratitude;
• Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. • Gratitude improves physical health • Gratitude improves psychological health • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression • It improves self esteem • It increases mental strength
Thank you, is such a simple two worded word but the amount of water it holds is incredible.
I was talking to one of my sisters the other day and she was just telling me how blessed she feels, and it got me thinking how we sometimes miss the big picture while only focusing on the big things and in the process, we miss our little shred of happiness, the little joys and contentment. Remember when you prayed for what you have now, and probably thought, how happy you would be if only you got that degree, or promotion at work, that ring, the kid, the car, the boyfriend too and then once we get all these things, we forget how much we wanted them and instead keep craving for more and more. We become greedy and stand in the way of our own happiness.
When my sister said to me “every day is a miracle” …
I asked her what she meant exactly, and she told me how even just talking to me in that particular moment was a miracle, the ability to wake up every day, the air we breathe, our health, the relationships we have with people, that unexplained connection and attachment. It got me thinking how we often forget that we are walking miracles and of late I have come to appreciate life more and be thankful for every single moment. So why wait for Thanksgiving Day when we can be thankful every day.
I am thankful for life… I am grateful for my family… I am grateful for friends… I am grateful for my readers… I am thankful for the ability to love and accept love… I am grateful for hope and faith… I am thankful that I get to share a part of me with you… I am thankful for breath… I am grateful for work… I am thankful for a grateful heart…
Remember, “developing an attitude of gratitude is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.” Amy Morin