Have you ever experienced the power of gratitude? We show our gratitude to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. Many of us express gratitude by saying “Thank You!” Do you think saying words is gratitude? No. Gratitude is not just an action but it is also a positive emotion.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.John F. Kennedy
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Power Of Gratitude – How Gratitude Can Change Your Life?
What is Gratitude?Gratitude is not just an action but it is also a positive emotion. Click To Tweet
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, gratitude is simply “the state of being grateful.”
The Harvard Mental Health Letter provides more detail, writing that gratitude is:
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings.
Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible.
With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves.
As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.Gratitude is a selfless act done unconditionally, to show to people that they are appreciated. Click To Tweet
Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favours, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts.
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Power of gratitude? – Robert Emmons
Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.”
“First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”
In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”
Robert Emmons, Professor of Psychology, UC Davis discusses why practising gratitude has a transformative effect on our social and emotional well-being.
Benefits and power of gratitude
- Gratitude is the key to a happy and healthy life.
- Helps to grow healthy and strong relationships with everyone around us.
- Provides us with the richness of true living and understanding.
- Gratitude indeed pumps in the energy to deal with difficult times.
- Even with the smallest thing gratitude brings vital shift.
- Helps to see the possibilities in every situation.
- Gratitude attracts all wellness.
- Reduces materialism.
- Makes you self-centered.
- Makes more optimistic.
- Increases spiritualism.
- Increases self-esteem
- Gratitude can create and boost social networks.
- Help individuals work towards goals and challenges.
- Helps to have stronger coping skills for life’s hardships.
When you express gratitude to a person, it compels that person a desire to reciprocate. Hence this is a positive chain reaction to encourage in family, workplace, and society.
Take a moment to do this every night
Before going to sleep, close your eyes for a few seconds and think of the positive things that happened during the day. Say gratitude in the mind to the Almighty for the wonderful day and also for everything that happened in the day.
After this, forgive everyone who hurt you and also self-forgive for the mistakes done. Forgiveness and self-forgiveness will give happiness in mind. That will give you a peaceful mind and better sleep at night.
Before going to bed have a discussion with your children. Ask them to think about something they are grateful for themselves.
Share with them what you are grateful for the day happening. This help the children understand the importance of the practice.
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Power of gratitude – Poem – Subi Nanthivarman
Gratitude for the crystal clear sunlight
for the deep blue sky and the birds in flight.
Gratitude for the morning dew
for the gentle breeze and rainbow’s hue
Gratitude for flowers and trees
for shrubs, parks and humming bees
Gratitude for water so turquoise blue
for white beaches that are shady too
Gratitude for mountains tall
for meadows and rushing waterfalls
Gratitude for the changing seasons
for health, wealth and sound reasons
Gratitude for the near and dear
for love, warmth and the lack of fear
Gratitude for help and kindness
for laughter, mates and the lack of sadness
Gratitude for just being alive
and the chance to mature and to thrive
Gratitude in the morning and in the night
Above all, for finding the path that is right.
This poem is originally posted by Subi Nanthivarman on Linkedin and published here with the permission from the author.
Subi would like to know what role does gratitude play in your life? Give your reply in the comment box below.
Gratitude is humility par excellence.
Even in the midst of the greatest difficulties, you can always find things for which you are truly grateful.
Gratitude works like Magic. It instantly changes from Negative to Positive Mindset and It also brings more of what we dwell on. Click To Tweet
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.Brian Tracy
How Gratitude Can Change Your Life – Jay Shetty
In this video, Jay Shetty, one of the famous motivational speaker, narrating his own real-life experience about gratitude.
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The list for paying gratitude
Are you wondering to whom should pay gratitude? The list for paying gratitude would start from the Almighty God.
Without your request, Almighty gave you this wonderful world, loving parents, family, good health and much more countless gifts.
- Parents raising you with unconditional love and affection.
- Teachers who gave you knowledge
- Friends who gave the company and shaped you
- The employer for giving you a good job
- Colleagues who mentored you
- Seniors who inspired you
- This list can go on. Add more from your mind.
Do you think gratitude is meant only for gifts and help? Not at all.
You should be grateful for the paid things also. You should be grateful to the builder and workers who build your beautiful house, someone worked to solve your problems, Doctors and his team for taking care of your health problems and the list goes on.
Your gratitude will make them happy and encourage to do better in the future.Being grateful for everything is the ultimate of human respects and values. Click To Tweet
Power of gratitude – Infographics
Practice gratitude! Although it’s nice to count your blessings, being thankful could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life.
Being constantly mindful of all the things you have, simple pleasures, acknowledging everything that you receive and recognising what you are grateful for can boost your well-being.
Try practising some gratitude. You will be surprised by the benefits it brings you. To be thankful for the smallest things even in tough situations is very powerful.
When you put thanksgiving on your lips it is hard to become downhearted. Giving yourself the gift of five minutes of gratitude can work wonders for your health.
What is your thought on gratitude?
Do you show gratitude to everyone?
Let me know your thoughts and experiences with this valuable emotion.
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