At the time of cut-throat competition, we continuously crave success, and still, we want more. The cravings to opt for more and more take us away from our self, and we forget to appreciate things that we have in our lives. We start taking things and people who are always there with us for granted. This may weaken or sometimes sour the relations, and most importantly, it may turn you into an ungrateful individual. – And that is why learning how to be grateful is essential for having the self-realization.
This will ultimately empower and strengthen your relational bonds that play a crucial role in emotional and spiritual awakenings which are the actual source of constructive, positive and productive energy in our lives.
While talking about the importance of being grateful, John Wooden, an American basketball player had once said-
Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
In this article, we will delve into the concepts of being grateful and its role in our lives. We will also find out different ways through which you can be grateful, so let us get started-
Introduction to the Concepts to be Grateful
Being grateful doesn’t mean pretending and convincing you that everything is going to be okay. Instead, it is about being thankful for whatever you have in your life.
It can be any blessing, achievements, any person, a disappointment or even failure. Nothing is restricted to feel happy; any small thing can make you feel grateful.
Start your day with being grateful to God for letting you wake up.
That’s the first change you can bring in your life. No one deserves it more than God because he is the one who created and bestowed numerous blessings on you. Nature and people, everyone should be repeated, and you should thank everyone for whatever they have done for you.
Gratitude is not just a symbol of thanking, but it is a way of life.
It makes you realize that not everything around you is terrible. It lets you positively see the world, and it changes your perspective. It also helps you in making your heart tender and making others happy by acknowledging them.
That is why let us have a look upon a few of the critical things you can be grateful in your day to day life-
Things you should be Grateful in your Daily Life
- Senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste
- Speaking ability
- Heart, lungs, hands, immune system, other body organs
- Thinking power
- Good health
- The Sun
- Moon and Stars
- Entertainment Mediums
- Your job
- Soul Mate
- Kind Strangers
- Life’s Challenges
- Your soul, etc.
Here, you must have noticed that we have included good as well as bad things that may occur in our lives to be grateful. It is essential to have this attitude in your life because every incident in our lives gives us some crucial lessons and life-changing experiences that ultimately help in shaping our future growth.
Now, you must be thinking of the ways through which you can be a happy soul which is ready to be grateful, so let us have a look upon those as well-
10 Ways to Be Grateful In Life
Here we have mentioned some of the ways to make sure you start being grateful. You can follow them acknowledge.
1. Start thanking others
Sometimes people are too shy to show gratitude, and they have no idea how to recognize. But a person needs to appreciate others and thank them.
You can be one of them who has done something for others and get no acknowledgment in return. It feels you have not been appreciated for your effort and you start ignoring others after being ignored.
Also, you can be someone who never thanks, anyone.
That’s not how it works; you have to be thankful and be grateful to others.
That’s etiquette, and people should start thinking others for even a small gesture. People feel loved whenever their work or effort is appreciated.
2. Accept your challenges and learn from them
An individual should focus on learning a lesson from their challenges or failures instead of worrying about them. When a person is stuck in a situation where he is about to lose, s/he shouldn’t be sad.
Instead, the person should be grateful to God that it happened to you, and it made you stronger. People often take this as a negative thing instead tries to change your perspective.
Don’t keep worrying over your failures and challenges.
Be grateful for the disappointment that made you realize what matters the most. Be thankful for the tears that have shed from your eyes that helped you to express your deepest emotions.
Try to look for happiness and lessons from disappointment and challenges.
3. Thank God for the blessings
God has created this nature for you, and it is no less than a blessing.
Be grateful to him for the sun; it’s a beautiful sight, moons, and the twinkling stars. Everything is gorgeous, the rainbow, snow, rain, the mother earth. Plants and animals, the humans around you are the blessings that God has bestowed upon you to enjoy the beauty of this universe.
Everyone and mostly the Almighty deserves to be praised and acknowledged for all the great things you have in your life.
For five senses, for our nervous and digestive system, our entire body is made with such delicacy. Everything is because of God, and everyone should be grateful to him. Realize this and feel elated because you are blessed with so much.
4. Say aloud three grateful things, every day
Whenever you have free time, and you are all alone in your room, say it aloud.
When you read home after a hectic day, take rest and when you feel you are done with the day, recall everything. It will make you realize that you are blessed with so much. Just remember every moment of that day and choose any three that made you the happiest.
This therapy is crucial to make you aware of what is responsible for your happiness.
You will realize that certain small things make a difference. You need to be aware of things that make you sad and happy. Make it clear and remind yourself of these happy moments in your daily life.
5. Start keeping a gratitude Journal
Pay attention to your emotions and start maintaining a journal. In that journal, you should begin writing what makes you happy; it can be any kind of art or anything you like.
Not down every small thing that matters you the most. Writing is essential for refreshing you would and making it feels good about itself.
In your journal, you can start mentioning the most pleasant things that happened to you that day. It can be about the stormy rain or any moment in the coffee shop; it can be anything that made you merrier.
This realization will open your eyes, and you will start being grateful for every small thing in your life.
6. Change your perspective
If you can’t change anything, change yourself and your perspective.
The way you look at life, or any other thing makes a lot of difference in your life. You don’t have to feel disappointed all the time; try to put yourself in other’s shoes.
Think of someone who has done through misfortune and yet standing straight and fighting. It will change your way of thinking.
Recall about your friend who has gone through a surgery or someone who lost her/his dear ones. Don’t limit your thinking within yourself; try looking from other eyes who has struggled a lot.
It will make you think how blessed you are not to witness any of the misfortunes in your life. It will inspire you to be a better person every day.
7. Be grateful to your family and friends
People who express gratitude toward one another are the ones who respect their beautiful bond. It can be your family member, a friend or your partner/spouse; everyone deserves your gratitude and love.
When you both are attached through a bond of love and support, you will cherish it forever. Look up to them and show appreciation.
Every person in your life is a blessing though some can be considered as a lesson also.
Be thankful to God and the people who have come into your life as a blessing.
Our destiny decides whoever is going to be the part of it, so thank everyone for being a part and making it easier for you to survive.
8. Thank yourself
We have talked much about praising God, nature and the surroundings but an exclusive thank is needed for you too.
Any individual who is happy with whatever they have and always packs their own back for whatever they have achieved is phenomenal.
Not everyone is going to appreciate you, but you can still be there for yourself. Be that one.
None but you alone are going to achieve the things you aspire. Therefore, you need lots of motivation and encouragement. Even if you don’t have spectators to appreciate you, you are there.
Be there for understanding yourself and thank yourself for whatever you have achieved in life.
9. Cherish the happy moments
Happy moments are to make your life pleasant, and you should appreciate those moments.
Sometimes it’s good to celebrate any moment that made you merrier; it can be through gifting yourself materialistic things or some self-love. You can also share those moments with others. Often people like to share their happiness with others and cherish the moments.
Sometimes people need personal space, and they believe in keeping happy moments as a secret. Be it anything; you should celebrate your happy days, either alone or with someone. You deserve to be appreciated by yourself, and you should keep cherishing the moments that made you feel blessed.
10. Pay attention to your emotions
Emotions play a vital role in deciding what makes you happy or sad, and that’s because you can’t control it. Feelings come from inside, and that is related to your brain.
Therefore, it is not easy for you to always have control over what is your next expression. You can manage your emotions but cannot control them quickly.
Do remind yourself of those thoughts that make you happy or anything that made you cry. Keep a track record of that reminder and make sure you focus on the positive ones instead of anything else. Life is good and so are you, keep yourself happy.
Be Grateful Wrap Up!
Always remember that appreciating others and yourself, both are crucial.
Individuals should always make an effort to thank others for their efforts. It can be just a thank you or any other way of showing gratitude, but you should make it a habit.
Start paying attention to others; you will start appreciating them for every small gesture.
Even most of the difficult times of your life need appreciation. That’s because you need peace in your life instead of worries.
So try to maintain that serenity around yourself by thinking positively about everything.
Showing gratitude to others is a way of living, and everyone should start experiencing it.
How important do you consider being grateful in life? Share your views with us in the comments below.