Most of us want to live a prosperous and happy life. The problem is that we always want more and are not necessarily appreciative of what we have. This is why you should be grateful in life, let me explain…
Before I get into my perspective that I would like to share with you, let’s first see what the definition of the word grateful is. According to Dictionary.com:
As you can see, it is an adjective that we use to express our thanks for many different things in life. From appreciating someone’s help to enjoying the weather of the day, it covers a wide swath of happy feelings.
An Inspired Moment
While doing research just the other day I came across a site that had one line in it that just jumped out at me. It was just one of those “aha” moments where life just got a little bit clearer for me.
The following came from a post on the site makemindpowerful.com:
“If we are not grateful of those we have, how could we expect the Universe to give us more?”
Such a simple statement, yet so profound at the same time. I have already been working on being more thankful for things in my life and when I saw this it was like a missing piece of the puzzle was just found.
Let’s Delve into That Quote…
The first thing that my mind associated this concept with was the importance of learning from mistakes, which I have already written about here. Much like we will keep repeating mistakes in life until we learn from them, until we are grateful for what we have we cannot expect to get more.
Having an aura of gratitude about yourself will not only help you to unlock yourself from the chains of always wanting more, but in actuality will bring more into your life. This is something that I myself have experienced in my own life, especially recently.
For a long time, I wanted more and more in my life. I wanted a better job, more money, to do more for my family and so forth. However, I just seemed like I was stuck on a giant hamster wheel, never getting anywhere.
While I didn’t realize the benefits at the time, but as soon as I started appreciating more things in my life; I started to get more to be grateful for. It was very much like building a snowman where I started rolling the ball of snow or gratitude and it just kept getting bigger and bigger the more I pushed or was thankful.
Gratitude as an Emotional State
When you can create your emotional state of being of one filled with gratitude, you are giving yourself some of the best medicine you can take. Finding the joy in all of the people and things in your life will help you to elevate your state of being into one of a positive vibration. This means many more positive emotions are coursing through your veins.
Negative emotions will find it much harder to weasel their way into your life. Even when they do, you will be more aware of them and be able to make conscious choices to remedy them. Fears and anxieties will melt away and be replaced with an abundance of things to be grateful for.
Your emotional state of being is very much like a magnet in that you will attract to yourself moments or situations of a like affect. This is why a grateful emotional state of being will allow you to soar to new heights of happiness.
Incorporating Gratitude into Your Life
The best way to start incorporating gratitude into your life is to start with the little things in life. I have already written about the benefits of doing so and would recommend that you check out that article as well.
The important thing to remember though is to make a conscious effort to be grateful all the time. The more often that you appreciate what life gives you the easier and more second nature it becomes. Once you have made it into a habit you will continue to see more and more benefits of having done so.
A simple exercise that you can do is to create a gratitude board for yourself. This could be a whiteboard that you write things on, a piece of paper, a journal, a poster board or whatever works for you.
By making an effort to not only be grateful in your mind, but committing it paper you help to reinforce the behavior for yourself. There is something to be said about the “magic” of writing things down. Not only to you go through the process of putting it to paper, but you also have it afterwards to see on a daily basis then.
One last thing I would mention is to remember that every dark cloud has it’s silver lining. These are some of the most important times to appreciate life as they do play a key role in our lives. Firstly, being grateful in dark times helps to shed light on the situation. Secondly, we need these times to really appreciate the good times as well.
Share Your Gratitude with Us
Since many people don’t like to go first when it comes to sharing, please allow me to share some things that I am grateful for in life right now.
I Am Grateful for:
- My lovely wife, as she is my strength in life.
- My 3 children as they help me grow and inspire me on a daily basis.
- Spiral Revolutions as it allows me to share what I have learned in life to make the world a better place.
- My job as it allows me to provide for my family and to do the things I want to do in life.
- My pets as they help to teach me compassion and love.
- All of the trials and tribulations that I have experienced in life. They have made me the man that I am today.
Now I would ask that you please share with us the things that you are grateful for. Don’t be shy! The more of us that share our gratitude the more of it there will be in the world and thus a better place it will be for all of us.
If you enjoyed this article, here are some others that I have shared that are relevant to the topic here:
- The Importance of Learning from Mistakes
- Enjoy Little Things Life Gives You, it is What Matters the Most
- The Silver Lining
- What is the Most Important Thing in Life? Accountability
- Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side?
- How to be Appreciative by Being Open Minded
James W D