Be grateful always: life gives you many chances to grumble, but also to be thankful
If you believe that life gives you many chances to grumble and complain but only a few chances to be grateful and happy, consider this wise saying from the Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda: There are two ways of spreading light to other people – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. If you are the candle, your passion for happiness will light up everyone around you. If you are the mirror, then as others interact with you they will see their own happiness and begin to spread it to others in turn.
What is gratitude?
Gratitude is the act of acknowledging and accepting what one has. It’s about being happy for what one has rather than thinking about what one doesn’t have. There are plenty of reasons why people might not feel grateful for what they have in their lives—whether it’s a lack of money or a chronic illness. Instead of dwelling on these things, try thinking about all the things in your life that make you happy. When we focus on our blessings instead of our problems, we will find ourselves feeling more satisfied and fulfilled.
Gratitude can also help with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety by making us feel less alone and giving us hope for the future.
The benefits of gratitude
Gratitude can help reduce stress, improve your mood and health, and increase your self-esteem. When we’re grateful for our lives and the people in them, we feel less lonely. We enjoy what we have more when we take time to reflect on it. And gratitude is contagious. The more often you express it and the more genuine it is in your words and actions, the easier it is for others around us to start showing gratitude too.
Why is it difficult to be grateful?
Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying thank you for the little things that happen each day. It could be something like thanking your partner for making dinner or thanking a friend for listening to your story. Saying thank you is a great way to start practicing gratitude because it takes such little effort and makes both people feel good.
Here are some other ideas of how you can practice gratitude in your daily life: – Bring your attention back to what’s happening in the present moment when it drifts off. – Count your blessings with a friend or family member by talking about one thing that went well today and one thing that went wrong today. – Keep a journal of anything that made you feel grateful this week.
How can you practice gratitude?
Write down three things for which you are grateful.
Ask your friends and family what they are grateful for, then ask them to write about their thoughts.
Acknowledge that not everyone has the same privileges as yourself and that there is no shame in asking for help when needed.
Make a list of things you want to do this week that will make your life more enjoyable or meaningful (e.g., volunteer at a soup kitchen).
Practice being happy with what you have while striving towards bigger goals (e.g., practice gratitude by listing five things in your life that make it worthwhile). 6.