Gratitude is the best attitude, we always say that but it’s the emotion or frequency having the highest vibration. When you pay gratitude you vibrate on the highest possible frequency and the best part it attracts the more of the events to be grateful for!
What is Gratitude?
The word Gratitude comes from the Latin word “Gratus” which means pleasing, thankful or the feeling of appreciation.
According to Wikipedia, “Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’ is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts.“
But according to Positive Psychology, gratitude is not just being thankful, it is a much deeper feeling which scientists can measure its effects. It is a deeper appreciation for someone or something and produces longer-lasting positivity.
It is not just saying thanks but it is more about feeling the thankful deeply from the heart. Though it is important and a good gesture to say thanks whenever possible, gratitude is altogether a different state of heart and mind.
Being grateful has many positive effects on different aspects of our life and that’s why we need to be grateful for every little thing we have in our life.
Benefits of Being Grateful
Many studies have conducted over the years and have some amazing results on physical as well as mental and social plane.
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.
With all these resounding results, the main aspect of Gratitude is that we appreciate other people’s contribution to our lives. Gratitude is a relation strengthening emotion.
Gratitude has two components in it, first, we acknowledge and affirm the goodness in the world and the benefits we have received.
In today’s world, it is really important to practice gratitude on a daily basis, so that we can see and appreciate the goodness in the other person or in the world. We have become so self-centered that we are not able to see the good things in nature, animal world or even in our closest relationships.
Secondly, by practicing gratitude we appreciate the benefits we have received from the others. We live in a society and we depend on each other in some or the other form. By being grateful we appreciate the good things, good vibes we received from the other person. It certainly opens up society on a much bigger scale.
Even on a personal level, we are grateful for our relationships it becomes healthier as we appreciate the other person and his contribution to our life.
Gratitude Blocks Toxic and Negative Emotions
Another major benefit of practicing Gratitude is it removes negative emotions like jealousy, envy, resentment. Gratitude & resentment are two different emotions and both emotions cannot co-exist. So it changes your life.
Grateful People Are More Stress Resistant
Grateful people recover more easily with stressful situations or traumatic conditions. Gratitude gives people a perspective from which they can interpret negative life events and help them guard against post-traumatic stress and lasting anxiety.
Gratitude Enhances Empathy and Reduce Aggression
Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kindly. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.
Start keeping a Gratitude Journal, write down any 3 things daily. Many times we take for granted many things like the breaths, the breeze of the air, the sunshine, air, water, and many such things.
When you start noticing these small things in life, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful and your life will really start changing.
You can also write 3 things why you are grateful for a particular thing. To make it easier you can start thinking about what will happen if that thing does not exist anymore in your life.
For Example, say if you are grateful for the running water 24×7 in your kitchen. Now write 3 things why you are grateful for it. or else, think what will happen if one day you will not have a water supply in your kitchen.
I am sure you will definitely get more than 3 reasons to be grateful:)
Gratitude is such a wonderful expression, that not only lifts up your own vibration but it makes the world a much better place.
Gratitude frees you from limiting beliefs and encourage you to see in other things and people. You accept other people’s contributions to your life.
Gratitude has many benefits including physical, mental and social. Gratitude or a feeling of appreciation is what we need to practice more and more.
What I Am Grateful About?
Ok, There are a ton of things for which I am grateful. To start with my amazing parents, my kids, my family. The one thing I will be always grateful for is Reiki. Reiki enters into my life much earlier and then onwards it keeps me guiding on every turn. It is unbelievable that it’s almost 15+ years that Reiki is guiding me.
Reiki also introduces me to WA, my extended family and some nicest people in the world including Lowellann’s Success Circle.
I am grateful for my websites and my online presence, I am grateful for my readers because of whom Reiki Amazes is still going strong. Also, I am grateful for my subscribers without whom my FB page would not be so successful.
What is your experience with practicing Gratitude? Pl let me know your tips and do not forget to share your experiences of gratitude in the comments below. I would be more than happy to answer your questions if you have any.
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