It's natural to feel overwhelmed or drained by life during challenging times. Negative emotions and thoughts may seep in from time to time, making it difficult to perceive the good. If you find yourself encircled in a loop of negative emotions, it's time to discover the power of gratitude. Gratitude is a simple practice that can reduce unpleasant feelings, making you happier, healthier, and more contented in life. You're probably aware of the concept of saying "thank you" when someone does something nice for you, but how often do you express this thankfulness for the valuable and meaningful things in life?
Countless research suggests people who practice gratitude have stronger friendships and are more optimistic in life. When you practice gratitude, you focus on what you have rather than what you lack. Most of us are acquainted with the feelings of dissatisfaction where we feel that our lives are incomplete or lack certain things. In such times, it's easy to compare yourself to the idyllic-seeming lives of others, thinking you lack one thing or another – that's when practicing gratitude can make all the difference. Here are a few ways you can practice gratitude:
There are numerous things to be grateful for – all you need to do is pay attention. In the daily hustle of life, we tend to forget about all the good things we have in life. That's when a journal can act as a reminder to help you reflect upon everything you need to be grateful for. Start by writing about your emotions when something good happens to you. It could be anything from simple pleasures and accomplishments to happy memories and acts of kindness.
One of the best ways to exercise gratitude is acknowledging all the good things you have in life. For example, you can tell someone how much you love and appreciate them or notice the beauty around us. Say, "thank you" for all the things people do for you, such as your mother cooking a meal, your spouse doing the laundry, or more. Once you start acknowledging everything in your surroundings, you learn how to appreciate them.
Stop worrying about the past or future; instead, focus on your present moment. Gratitude allows you to recognize your blessings and find a perfect balance amid life's problems. On the other hand, mindfulness teaches you to deal with life's adversity with grace, acceptance, and surrender. These two, when combined, nourish your perspective about life. You start thinking about what you have right now and why you need to be grateful for it.
A large body of evidence demonstrates that gratitude promotes mental serenity and well-being, making people more content in life. Instead of focusing on what you don't have, start by praising all of the wonderful aspects of your life — you'll be astonished at the mental peace it brings.