1:53 am - Wednesday June 28, 2017

Nurturing an Attitude of Gratitude

woman-sunrise-happiness“Let us rise up and be thankful, if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we’ve learnt a little,  and if we didn’t learn a little,  at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

Gratitude is the seed of happiness. Just as how the tiny plant yearns for sunlight, we constantly yearn for happiness and similarly, just as how the plant creeps to light as if it has heard the voice ‘wake up’ by the sunshine, our soul will prosper when we plant the seed of gratitude.  Thank God. Thank God for everything we have. Thank God for every opportunity that was given to us and thank God for everything that happens to us because the water that was poured into the glass of gratitude fills up the half empty glass. It keeps us contented all the time. It can be deliberately cultivated to increase the level of happiness and well-being among those who do cultivate it. Gratitude is the powerful tool to focus the mind to the positive and naturally positive people draw positive outcome into their lives.

gratWe constantly look for fame, financial freedom, the perfect relationship and the perfect wellness because we believe that these are the things that are going to make us happy. However deep inside us, we know that these things are not going to satisfy our soul. The soul can only be satisfied when the heart says, “I have everything that I need to live and my life is so beautiful”, because that is when the seed of gratitude draws inner peace towards us. All we have got to do is plant the seed of gratitude and watch it grow in us.

People tend to take the good little things that happen in their lives for granted. However, the good little things that bring happiness are the ones that will make someone’s day better and by appreciating and feeling grateful, the small happiness will eventually lead to larger scenes of great happiness. There is a gratitude exercise that will help people feel the seed of gratitude. It instructs us to think about losing something that we take for granted such as our home, our ability to move, the money that we own or the ability to hear and see. It can also be anything that gives us comfort but we never realise the importance of it in our lives. Then, imagine gaining each of it back one by one and consider how grateful we would be for owning each and every one.

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you’, that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

The world is very kind despite every challenge that we face in life because there is a valuable lesson behind it as if nature would like to educate us all the time. Close your eyes and look into your heart at the moment you have something that you had always wanted to have. Doesn’t it feel great to own that? However, how do you express gratitude for the things that keep you moving? Well, here are some ideas to be grateful and ways to show gratitude through your senses.

Be grateful

Let us start with you. Keep a gratitude journal and write down what made you feel grateful each day. Here are some suggestions to get you going:

  • Write about people who made you to be thankful for their existence.
  • Think and write about animals that had given you joy.
  • Write about places you visited that took your breath away.
  • Write about what people have done to you and how you were thankful for it.

Show gratitude through your senses

  • Simply thank someone who did a small favour to you every day. Let them know that you appreciate their kindness.
  • Did someone make a difference in your life today? Give them a pat on their shoulder and say thank you with a smile. This will encourage and motivate them to perform better.
  • Free hugs, anyone? Giving warm hugs secretes oxytocin- a feel good hormone. It keeps you and the receiver calm. It also helps to reduce stress.
  • Give out gifts or utter words of compliment to others. It will make someone’s day and they will remember it for a long time.

By being grateful and acknowledging what we are grateful for, we will become a deliberate attractor of positive vibrations. As more positive vibrations result into positive thoughts and words, we will start attracting more positive people, positive scenarios and positive circumstances into our lives. When we practice to see everything in a positive manner and be grateful for each of it, then our lives will turn out to be happier and more pleasant. Below is the list on how nurturing the attitude of gratitude can help us in our daily lives. Plant the seed of gratitude and see for ourselves how it improves our lives.

Power of gratitude

  • Reach our goals
  • Studies have shown that people who have a sense of gratitude and keep the gratitude journal are more likely to show progress towards their personal goals. They are at a higher chance of achieving interpersonal, academic and health-based goals.

Be healthy
Exercising to remain fit and healthy are proven to help people manage their diets better. It also helps to lose weight when you are persistent.

Sleep better
When we feel great by being grateful, we will naturally be happy. Being happy all the time attracts more and more positive outcomes into our lives. Worry-free individuals are able to manage their stresses well and this helps them to sleep better.

Increase social capital and improve relationships
By being grateful for the presence of the ones we love, we will naturally treat everyone with utmost care and respect. This makes people around us to be comfortable and enjoy being with us, in turn improving our relationships with our family members, neighbours, friends, colleagues and other associates.

In a nutshell, learn to be grateful, even for the little things that happen in our lives. Plant the seed of gratitude in us because we never know how it can grow and change our lives. We are the difference, so make the difference. Cherish every moment of our lives. Embrace it. Live with it.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

by VithyiaMurugiah

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