THE IMPORTANCE OF GRATITUDE


The importance of gratitude in growth, health being both our physical and mental health, motivation, and personal, physical and spiritual improvement.

With Gratitude you appreciate what you have, rather than what you don't have, appreciate what you have done rather than what you haven't done. Appreciation of all the little things, whether they are physical or spiritual it adjusts focus from the negative to the positive. Personally, for me being grateful for my whole journey, the good and the bad along with the lessons I've learned as I wouldn't be who I am and appreciate as much if I hadn't experienced the pain wouldn't care as much as I do. In this document:

1. THE POWER OF GRATITUDE

2. THE BENIFITS OF GRATITUDE

3. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GRATEFUL

4. EFFECTS OF GRATITUDE

5. GRATITUDE IN OUR LIVES CAN IMPROVE

6. GRATITUDE & BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT7. GRATITUDE & STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS,

8. TECHNIQUE OF PRACTICING GRATITUDE

9. THE LAYERS OF GRATITUDE

THE POWER OF GRATITUDE:

Practicing gratitude can be a beneficial daily habit both for physical and mental health.

It also offers potential benefits for our relationships whether that be intimate, friendships or in general society.

Gratitude can change your life as it is the single most powerful source of motivation and inspiration that anyone can tap into if they simply just stop and pay attention to the simplistic miracle and beauty of life.

Gratitude helps people feel & express more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, helps build their character, build adversity and builds stronger relationships.

The appreciation then works as a chain reaction of positivity through our lives. With repetition it becomes a positive habit in our lives. When we put positive energy out, we attract positivity and we attract positive opportunities in our lives. I talk about it a lot in manifesting on positive thoughts and positive emotions, it gives us the best chance for positive outcomes. The more positivity we put out there the more that attracts into our lives.


THE BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE: After first using techniques of gratitude that benefited myself, I researched how this worked in my life. Found that scientifically it is said that gratitude opens the door to better and stronger relationships, improves physical and mental health, enhances empathy and compassion also reduces aggression, helps people sleep better and improves self-esteem. People who practice being grateful show significantly higher levels of happiness and psychological well-being, many research that I have seen shows, and personally I have seen this with those around me and the changes within my own life.

Manifesting with gratitude and appreciation people are less depressed, less anxious, less stressed and helps physical pain. People keeping gratitude and appreciation have more success at work and have higher self-esteem. Gratitude is a huge psychological booster.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GRATEFUL?

Gratitude does not mean pretending everything is fine or being in denial about what is going wrong. Harnessing gratitude means you choose to focus your time, attention and energy on what you appreciate.

This is key to controlling your experience and, ultimately, your well-being. So, living your life with gratitude means choosing to focus your time and attention on what you appreciate. The goal is not to block out difficulties, but to approach those difficulties from a different perspective.

Appreciation softens us. It soothes our turbulent minds by connecting us with the wonderfully ordinary things, great and small, that we might otherwise take for granted.

THE EFFECTS OF GRATITUDE:

Harnessing the power of gratitude keeps us mentally resilient.

In times of adversity and emotional turmoil, practicing gratitude acts as a psychological booster, one that does not let us sink too low.

The reality of life is that sooner or later things don’t go our way. Life often feels like it is out of our control, something we can all relate to is the current situation of lockdowns and restrictions. We can let ourselves feel down about this lack of control. Even in dark and hard times in our lives there is much too appreciate.

Gratitude gives us something we can control: our thoughts.

We don’t need good things to happen to us, all we need is to change the way we think about what happened.

Shifting what you pay attention to and you can uplift your thoughts and your moods. While we are stuck in our temporary worry, we forgot about all the other things we are lucky to have. By paying attention to the positive, we rebalance our thoughts and our feelings.

Gratitude is a powerful tool that help us experience some joy even when we are going through a dark time.


GRATITUDE IN OUR LIVES CAN

IMPROVE: Gratitude in our lives can improve these things. BOOSTING IMMUNE SYSTEM: Gratitude has been shown to help contribute to an overall sense of well-being be lowering our stress levels focusing on the positives not the negatives. Practicing gratitude also has the ability to improve aspects of our physical health with releasing stress and helping our mental health which carries onto our physical health.

IMPROVING OUR MENTAL HEALTH: Gratitude is one of many factors that contributes to positive mental health outcomes.

Being present in the moment can certainly help with symptoms of anxiety and depression focusing on right now, not stuck in yesterday that we cannot change and the future that we create right now. Practicing gratitude fosters positive feelings and can contribute to a sense of well-being when done regularly.

IMPROVED RELATIONSHIPS:

Gratitude not only improves your physical and mental well-being; it may also improve your relationships. Gratitude plays a key role in forming relationships, as well as in strengthening existing ones. When it comes to romantic relationships, gratitude can help partners feel more satisfied with each other.

INCREASED OPTIMISM:

Being an optimistic person can have plenty of health benefits, including healthy aging. If you’re not naturally optimistic, gratitude practice can help you cultivate an optimistic outlook.


GRATITUDE & BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT:

Being grateful for right now, present in the moment. Not focused on what we don't have, gratitude for the roof over your head,  if I can do it, you lads certainly can. Gratitude can anchor us to the present moment. By focusing our attention on our sensations, we can appreciate the simple things in lives: the sound of bird chirping away; the warm touch of the sun on our skin; the voice of a loved one; the soft touch of a lover; the feel of fresh air; etc. There is much appreciation that can be felt by focusing on sensations. Some of us can naturally appreciate the sweet moments as they happen throughout the day, while many of us need to actively cultivate gratitude. Focusing on sensations is a way to disengage from thoughts and appreciate the present moment just as it is.  “There are only two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

GRATITUDE & STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS:

Feeling grateful for our loved ones promote a sense of belonging and being connected and also increase our happiness in our relationships. By simply finding something to be grateful for, we can overcome issues (such as anger and irritation) in our relationships and feel happier in our relationships. Going a step further, actually voicing our appreciation to one another is a powerful way to strengthen and even repair emotional bonds. Telling your loves ones what you appreciate about them will make them feel seen and appreciated, which is crucial in relationships.

TECHNIQUE OF PRACTICING GRATITUDE:

To get started with a gratitude practice, you can try meditation, journaling, or simply paying attention to the little things in life that bring you joy. If practiced regularly, gratitude will likely provide positive long-term effects to your mental health and well-being. The best way to start practicing gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal and write things for which you are grateful each day. Describe in as much detail as possible how your body feels when you express gratitude. What of thoughts do you notice? Which emotions accompany these feelings?

What sensations do you feel in your body?

Gratitude cannot be forced. You can’t rush through it. Take the time to explore how you feel. After letting the feelings arise naturally, you can direct your attention to certain events to elicit gratitude. For instance, you might recall a happy memory for which you feel thankful for. Or you could turn your attention to a past problem you overcame, which might make you feel grateful for being in a better place now and having learned in the process.


THE LAYERS OF GRATITUDE:

Understandably this doesn't work for everyone, but the power of gratitude is exceptional when harnessed properly. Personally, when I am struggling and need to dig deeper into my gratitude, I step to the layers of gratitude by asking yourself 3 questions.

'HOW DOES THIS EFFECT ME?' Which makes you think of what your gratitude and how it effects your life, day to day or even emotionally.

'HOW DOES THIS EFFECT THOSE AROUND ME?' Which makes you think of how your gratitude and how it effects your family, loved ones, worker colleagues and your energy and relationships.

'HOW DOES THIS EFFECT THE WORLD/SOCIETY?' Which makes you think of your gratitude and how your gratitude from how it affects you and those around you, and how that carries on into the world and society.

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