People often consider Thanksgiving to be one of the most special days of the year – and for good reason. Families can gather together to enjoy time with one another, slowing down the pace to appreciate the blessings of the year, and celebrating with a feast of the fall harvest. It can be easy to limit our expression of gratitude to one day a year, but expressing gratitude every single day can be a powerful practice that has the ability to drastically improve your life.
These six reasons will help explain why gratitude is such an essential part of living a happy and fulfilling life:
1. “It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy.”
This quote is popular for good reason. There are many people who seem to have it all yet they remain unhappy and unappreciative. On the other hand, there are people who don’t have much but are grateful even for scraps of food and laughter with family. When comparing, it becomes quite clear who is truly the happier person. It all comes down to perspective and appreciating the little things in life.
2. What You Appreciate, Appreciates
The more consistent you become about appreciating things, the easier it becomes to expand what brings you joy. When you are focusing on the positives, it is easier to attract more good into your life. When you focus time and energy into your relationships, work and hobbies, they will flourish and continue to grow.
3. Tomorrow Isn’t Promised
We all have heard this saying before, but how often do you really think about the fragility of life? We often take things for granted in our lives even though we have no idea if they will be here tomorrow. When you consider that each day on earth may be your last, it becomes even more essential to tell people you love them and to spend time doing things that make you happy. We have no idea what tomorrow will bring when it comes to life, sickness, finances, etc. It’s all about making the best for today.
4. Be Present
With modern technology, it is easy to be distracted by phone calls, e-mails and television. We can forget what it’s like to be in the present moment, focused and grounded. Getting out into nature, reading, writing, painting, knitting, enjoying a full at home facial or body care routine and talking with friends are ways to be present (without any technology). By being present in our own lives, it becomes easier to recognize the things that we are grateful for.
5. Back to Basics
If you get caught up in material items, it is sure to distract you from your health, relationships and dreams. Too many people are focused on accomplishment and financial security and they forget to live their lives and be grateful for the simples things they already have such as a healthy body, food, water, and a roof over their head. Recognizing these very simple principles can help you get started with your gratitude practice.
6. What are you grateful for today?
Try to implement a gratitude journal, thank-you notes, small gifts, and/or praying to share what you appreciate. You may be surprised at how this simple practice can shift your perspective and change your mood and energy over time. You will also spread joy to others, which in turn can make the world a happier and healthier place!
Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend from ours to yours.
The Inesscents Family