There is always a reason to be grateful. Gratitude is the healthiest of all emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. Regardless of the situation you find yourself in life, when you express gratitude, your situation will change for the better. Gratitude changes everything.
Gratitude is the best attitude. Living a life of gratitude is the doorway to grace. When you get to understand the importance of gratitude, you will discover that it’s not happiness that brings gratitude, instead it’s gratitude that brings happiness.
Take a look at six (6) amazing benefits of gratitude;
1. Gratitude strengthens your existing relationship and helps build new ones.
No one likes and wants to be around an ungrateful person who doesn’t know how to say “thank you.” When you express gratitude for something someone they did for you, it will not only strengthen your relationship with the person, it will also help build new relationships with other people. Showing appreciation can help you win new friends. When you express gratitude to a new friend, it will make them want to maintain a good relationship with you.
Learn to say “thank you” to people for it can lead to new opportunities. It doesn’t matter if they are simply a stranger helping you pack your groceries or a colleague who assisted you with a tasking job, always let them know you appreciate their help by saying thank you.
2. Gratitude improves your physical health.
Grateful people always look healthy and full of life. They hardly experience body pains and aches. Grateful people understand that life is a gift, that’s why they constantly practice gratitude. They don’t take life for granted so they always take care good of their health. They exercise regularly and go for regular check-ups with their doctors.
Gratitude improves longevity. When you express grateful for all that you have, even though you don’t always get what you want, you will begin to experience inner peace that makes you glow outwardly.
3. Gratitude improves your mental health.
Gratitude improves mental health by cutting down toxic emotions, like envy, resentment, frustration and regret. According to research, it has been found that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. You will hardly find a grateful person depressed or having negative or suicidal thoughts. Their thoughts are always positive.
Grateful people don’t have the time to feel sorry for themselves because their mind is always occupied with things and people they are grateful for.
Always be grateful for everything you have, for expressing gratitude is the doorway to grace. Practice gratitude for it will certainly help improve your mental health.
4. Gratitude increases empathy and decreases aggression.
Grateful people are more compassionate and understanding than other people. They are always kind and caring to others, because they know exactly how it feels to be lost, unloved, neglected, without money or assistance. This makes them more sensitive to other people’s emotions. You will only truly appreciate the essence of love when you have lived for so long rejected and unloved by others.
Grateful people are hardly aggressive. They won’t hit back or seek revenge when someone hurts them. They have empathy for others and no desire to seek revenge.
5. Grateful people sleep better at night.
You will sleep better at night if you are grateful for everything that life have blessed you with. Grateful people sleep better at because they don’t worry about the things they lack, but they give thanks for everything they have. It is essential you recall all the things you are grateful for before going to be at night.
Before you go to bed at night, devote about 15 minutes to write down a few things you are grateful for and you will doze off even before you know it. Writing a gratitude journal will help you sleep better and longer at night.
6. Gratitude increases your self-esteem and confidence.
Expressing gratitude can increase your self-esteem and confidence, which is vital in becoming the best version of yourself. If you are truly grateful for all that you are and all that you have, you will find it belittling to compare yourself to other people.
Grateful people understand that being resentful of other people’s success reduces one’s self-esteem and confidence. Resenting others will only hinder you from attaining your own success. So instead of resenting people that are better placed in life, learn to appreciate them for their accomplishments. This attitude not only increases one’s self-esteem and confidence, but also opens the door to success. Always be grateful.
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