We’re often told that gratitude is the key to a happier life. Some motivational speakers and gurus even recommend maintaining a gratitude journal to help us feel more positive and grounded. But how much truth is there to the notion? Does it work for everyone?
Here are some ways expressing gratitude can change your life.
It offers self-satisfaction
It’s quite painful to have everything in your life—love, family, money, and money—and yet feel dissatisfied. The ultimate sense of fulfillment and satisfaction is something millions die wanting. No amount of bank balance or traveling can offer you the satisfaction and happiness that gratitude can.
There’s one simple rule for growing out of this pain and that is to be thankful for what we have. It teaches us tolerance in the face of adversities, disagreements, differences and lack of instant gratification. Gratitude helps us notice the silver lining during the worst times in our life and keeps the will to live, alive!
It improves mental health
Being in a constant state of distress, self-loathing, hatred, and jealousy can cost us our sanity. Our mental health suffers because of negativities and we’re left to face the consequences. Why put yourself through that agony if you can simply be happy and grateful for what you’ve got?
It improves physical health
Stressing our mind less accrues positive gains for our physical health as well. Evidence shows that mentally relaxed people are keener on caring for their physical well-being and health. They’re more likely to take up physically productive activities like working out or yoga and being cautious of their diet.
It boosts your self-esteem
This might sound odd to some: how can being grateful boost self-esteem? But the connection is real. To understand better, it’ll help to look into factors that cause your self-esteem to suffer.
Seeing someone have a better job, a bigger house, a more expensive car, or a more loving family can breed feelings of resentment. However, being grateful for what you’ve got can prevent envy from turning into jealousy.
Be grateful to have some people in your life that love you dearly, if not all of them do. Grateful for having a job that pays the bills and keep striving for better. Be grateful for having people in your circle who are doing well in their life. That means you’re surrounded by a positive influence and it’ll only grow if you appreciate their accomplishments. Wanting to pull them down never helps you.
Our new social media apps, AWESOME, allows users to tap on social activities that subtly instill a sense of gratitude in them. It’s all about using your phone time for doing something bigger and better than usual.