Gratitude has a strong and persistent relationship with happiness. Gratitude allows people to experience more positive emotions, enjoy positive events, improve their health, cope with adversity, and form great connections. People express thanks for the positive things in their lives. People frequently realise that the source of that kindness is at least partially outside of themselves during this process. As a result, gratitude allows people to connect to something bigger than themselves – whether it’s other people, nature, or a greater force.
Gratitude practise can be transformative: it has far-reaching consequences that range from improved mental health to improved interpersonal connections. Gratitude helps you realise the small victories in life. For Example: A stranger opening the door for you, God helping you in unexpected situations, Your mother cooking food for you, Being thankful for your good health, Appreciating the person who cleans your house and all those tiny little things that makes our day better.
Focusing on gratitude is one of the most effective methods to reprogram your brain for more joy and less stress. Here are some easy ways to express gratitude in our daily routine:
- Preparing a Gratitude Journal- Make it a regular habit to remind yourself of the blessings, grace, benefits, and positive things you have. You can weave a sustained theme of gratitude into your life by recalling moments of gratitude related with commonplace happenings, your own traits, or important persons in your life.
- 5 minutes of your day- If you have no time to make a journal or being a bit lazy. Just sit for 5 minutes whether in the morning or evening or afternoon and thank God for all the good things in life, for giving you this precious and comfortable life, for providing you food everyday, for giving you a home to live and so on. Slowly and gradually your life will completely change. You will start enjoying small things of life and will stop comparing yourself from others.
- Keep in mind the bad- It’s helpful to recall the difficult moments you’ve gone through in order to be grateful in your current situation. You create an obvious contrast in your mind when you remember how difficult life used to be and how far you’ve gone, and this difference is fertile ground for gratitude.
- Bring Yourself to Your Senses- We develop an understanding for what it means to be human and what a great miracle it is to be alive through our senses—the ability to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear. The human body is not just a marvellous construction, but also a gift when viewed through the lens of thankfulness.
- Reward- Reward effort by doing something nice for them if they do something kind for you or if they do something pleasant for you, reward their effort by doing something good for them.
- Spend quality time with friends and family- Spend time with your friends and family if you’re having trouble feeling grateful in the present moment. It will, of course, help you become closer to them and enhance your bond, but it will also allow you to practise your thankfulness on individuals you care about.
- Helping hand: Always try to help others especially the one who were there in your ups and down. Supporting each other in the rough times and listening to them can really boost one’s stamina to overcome all the hardships of life.
- Instead of just adding, try subtracting- Rather than counting all the excellent things in your life, consider what your life would be like if particular people or things were absent. Try not to take your good fortune for granted. Be grateful for the unpleasant results you avoided, evaded, stopped, or changed into something beneficial.
It’s not difficult to increase your capacity for thankfulness. It only takes a little practise. The more you focus on what you’re grateful for, the more you’ll notice there’s more to be glad for!
How to practise gratitude in the face of adversity?
To state that thankfulness is a good way to deal with hurt sentiments isn’t to say that we should strive to ignore or dismiss misery and agony.
It is not necessary for unpleasant situations in our life to be terrible in order for us to gladly benefit from them. Here are some extra questions to consider, whether it’s a big or small event:
- What did I learn from the experience?
- Is it possible for me to be grateful for what happened to me now, even though I was not present at the time?
- What ability did the encounter elicit in me that I didn’t expect?
- Because of it, how am I becoming more of the person I want to be? Has my unfavourable reaction to the event hindered or stopped me from feeling grateful in the period after it happened?
- Has the experience helped me overcome a personal barrier that kept me from feeling appreciative before?
Change does not occur when emotional venting is not accompanied by insight. If you can’t adopt a fresh, redemptive perspective on the experience, no amount of writing about it will help. Gratitude gives people an advantage, and it’s a skill that anybody can master.
When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.