As human beings, we live in a busy world where there is not enough time to stop and be grateful for what life has given us. It has been scientifically proven that showing gratitude has the ability to make one’s life better professionally and personally but we don’t do it often enough as we are not programmed to show gratitude – we are taught to want more than what life has given us and to get more out of it. Due to this constant need to strive for more and more, we have forgotten what it is like to pause a while and show gratitude for the things that we have been blessed with.
Gratitude creates Positive Energy
Gratitude helps one think positively of life despite the hardship that is faced on a daily basis. When you show gratitude, you will feel the improvements in your life. You will feel how being grateful has helped you positively and has energised you to do better. The benefits of gratitude are plenty and once practiced, you will notice the positive change in your life. You will feel happier, healthier and a sense of being more empathic towards others will be there. If you are ready to bring positivity into your professional and personal life, here are five ways you can start practising gratitude.
5 Ways to Practice Gratitude
Start with You!
To function well as a human being, your mind and body need to be healthy. When you are energised and calm, you are able to handle everything that comes your way. Focusing on the goodness in your life is a great way to practice gratitude. By acknowledging that you are grateful for the life experiences that you have gone through, you attract positive emotions that results in an optimistic attitude. An optimistic attitude helps you focus on opportunities and achievements instead of dwelling negatively over your failures and other problems. Being positive helps take the negative energy away from your surroundings. A great way to start is to sit down in a quiet space and reflect or meditate about what you are grateful for.
Invest in Positive Relationships
A good money investment has the power to bring us a variety of advantages till the day we die. Likewise, it is to your advantage that you should invest in building positive relationships with others. A great way to start is by being gracious and thankful towards the people that have contributed something in your life. It can be professional and personal, as long as you show these people that you acknowledge their presence in your life, you are showing gratitude to them and they will feel valued. People are more prone to demonstrating a loyal attitude if you hold them in an esteemed position.
Lead by Example
In this world, there are more followers than leaders. That is why you are at a position to inspire by showing gratitude to others around you. By leading others with your positive attitude towards life, you have the power to inspire others by reaching out to them with your positive energy. A great leader leads by example and showing gratitude is one of simple ways to inspire others around you. Saying “thanks” to others when they have helped you or enquired about you is a great way to start. Having a sense of gratitude towards everyone around you will make them look up to you in a positive way. After all, it is rare in today’s time to do something good for someone without expecting anything in return.
Express the Feeling of Gratitude
As busy as we are, one of the best ways to practice gratitude is to express the feeling of being grateful. By showing gratitude towards others, you have the power to put a smile on someone’s face and to make a person feel better about themselves. Family members, friends and colleagues will be happy to know that you feel thankful to have them in your life. Below are some ways to do that:
- Making a list of all the things/people that you are grateful for
- Expressing your gratitude to others in writing
- Writing down the three best things of your day
- Drawing the things and people that you are grateful for
In your life, you can remember the few people who went out of their way to help you when you were down and out. On the same note, a great way to show gratitude is go out there just to help others without expecting anything in return. Volunteering in your community is a great way to start. You can use your talent and skills to help others in your community. Time is considered very precious and what better way to show your gratitude than to carve out time for others. Spending your time as a volunteer is one of the greatest acts of kindness with the greatest impact towards others.