The importance of being grateful

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey

It doesn't matter if you have felt depressed, angry, moody, or jealous recently or are feeling any negativity now; it's never too late to start enjoying the many benefits of being grateful.

You can stop at any time and take two minutes to be thankful for all that exists in your life; difficult circumstances too, for they make you grow and become the full person you are.

I know it is not easy to see through bad times. However, you can look back at all the difficult moments of your life and appreciate what you got out of it: a lesson, a "tougher skin", even simply the experience that will make you make better choices in the future.

Gratitude flows from a heart of “thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving is not just a date on the calendar. Thanksgiving is a daily discipline that we should all develop in our lives.  I thanks everyday and I have  found myself being thankful for the beautiful trees and moments of silence—for adversity and even painful experiences. This exercise in gratitude has  empowered me to be thankful in all circumstances. It has shifted my outlook about life and opened me up to a level of living that I did not even know was possible.

These are some of the benefits of being grateful:

It helps you to be in the present by noticing what you do have and stopping to acknowledge it. This can be the company of a person, having food, or even being able to see.

Being grateful has the power to change your mood almost instantly from negative to positive. Good feelings and positive energy arise when you start acknowledging what you are grateful for.

Gratitude produces a more meaningful life. When it comes to life meaning, nothing compares to living a life of gratitude. When you are truly grateful, you find yourself living with greater purpose and passion.

Being grateful will give you meaning because it allows you to capture the full essence of every moment. It takes the burden out of life while adding a dimension of beauty, and it allows you to find contentment even in moments of crisis.

It generates good vibrations. Quantum physics applied to positive thinking state that the vibrations of your thoughts affect and modify the reality around you.

It is said that the first seventeen seconds of any thought are the most powerful, and they create enough energy to start attracting what you are thinking of into your life.

Gratitude changes us for the better. Humanity is in a constant state of evolution. We are all on a journey to become the highest expression of ourselves. Gratitude is an advanced practice, but it yields abundant possibilities. The more grateful you are, the more authentic you become. Gratitude will change you into a peaceful, conscious, and sacrificial person. You will be able to be present, and you will be able to live in the flow of life.

You can see the importance of being grateful when you realize that you can use thankful feelings to achieve what you desire.

Gratitude shifts the narrative of your life. So many people in the world today are battling through toxic thoughts and negative words. These thoughts and words create negative cycles in your lifes.

Being grateful changes the sequencing of words and the processing of your thoughts. It seasons your words and focuses your thoughts creating new possibilities for your life.

When you are grateful your story changes, and therefore, the seasons of your life change. You are able to have the right perspective and understand the value that each cycle of life brings. You go from a life of complaining to a life of compassion and appreciation. Changing your story empowers you to create success in every area of your life. Whatever your circumstances, they can always be even more difficult. Think about the fact that they are not so, and look at the positive side of your reality.

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire ... if you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something ... for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times ... during those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations ... they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge... which will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes ... they will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary ... because it means you've given your all.

It's easy to be thankful for the 'good' things ... yet, a life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive ... find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

Conclusion

Once you become oriented toward looking for things to be grateful for, you will find that you begin to appreciate simple pleasures and things that you previously took for granted. Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good even in unpleasant situations. Today, start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful; in this way, you’ll be on your way toward becoming a master of gratitude.