9 Ways Gratitude Will Change Your Life
In a society where we are encouraged to strive for more, we sometimes forget the good things we have and the accomplishments we’ve achieved. Instead, we focus on what we are lacking which leads to feelings of inadequacy and dissatisfaction.
Our constant pursuit of perfection in ourselves and others often leaves us feeling disappointed. We think “if only I had this” or “if only this was different, I’d be happy”. The battle for more is a never ending one. Ultimately, when the “more” has been achieved, the feelings of contentment are fleeting as we set our minds on the next goal, barely acknowledging our accomplishments.
Our constant pursuit of perfection in ourselves and others often leaves us feeling disappointed.
The appreciation for the moment and all that comes along with it, actually holds many mental, emotional and physical benefits. According to scientific research, an attitude for gratitude has been linked to the benefits listed below.
Less anxiety & depression
Increase long-term satisfaction with life
Fewer physical problems
Kinder behavior towards others
Do you want to increase your overall happiness? Research findings show that individuals who practice grateful thinking in their daily lives saw a 25% increase in overall happiness which contributed to their physical activity and energy levels.
It’s also important to be grateful for what you have in your life currently as opposed to what you will have in the future.
How to become more grateful
Like anything else, practicing is a crucial part in adapting the attitude for gratitude mentality. Keeping a gratitude journal is an easy way to take time out to appreciate your current place in life. Start by listing five things that you are grateful for and writing a brief sentences about each one. This only needs to be done once a week and the difference should be evident within two months.
It’s also important to be grateful for what you have in your life currently as opposed to what you will have in the future. Looking at life through the eyes of a child with wonder and appreciation for the simple things can also renew your perspective. Share your feelings of gratitude with your family and friends and witness the positive impact this will have on your relationships.