It is common knowledge that to love yourself you must first learn to be kind to yourself. To be kind to yourself, you must learn to accept yourself. And to accept yourself, you must trust in your potential to improve and act on it. Thus learning to practice gratitude can be greatly beneficial to many aspects of your life.
An explanation of Gratitude
Gratitude is a quality that helps us be thankful. It is appreciating the something you have and thanking the universe for letting you have that moment, memory, or object. It is a response to a kind act or a gift that you neither expected to receive nor think you deserve.
Gratitude is a positive emotion that has great effects on your body. The power of letting a strong positive emotion such as gratitude have a positive effect on your body is key in seeing the good and bad sides of a thing. To improve oneself we must see that it is not enough to just see the positive side of something good without accepting the bad. And practicing gratitude is important as it will condition you to do just that.
Accepting the bad that comes with life can be difficult and often, overwhelming. But what we can do is see the big picture. By practicing gratitude we can look at everything around us and try to find the beauty in the tough times.
‘’With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives”
Gratitude is that moment of prayer when we receive what we have prayed for. We accept the gift and thank the giver with the full knowledge that we have done nothing to deserve the prize. But be thankful for its existence and promise that we will cherish and accept it unconditionally.
Gratitude is not the response to an accomplished duty. It is the response to an act, be it kindness, generosity or love.
The benefits of practicing Gratitude
Practicing gratitude will put you in an overall positive mindset. By giving yourself the chance to be positive you can be in a headspace where you think clearly and focus on the better pars of your life. This leads the way to a peacefulness of mind and a feeling of happiness. You are also less likely to be fatigued and more likely to get restful sleep.
Practicing gratitude leads to greater humility and patience. People who have felt the benefits of being grateful will be mindful of how they view and treat others. They will see the positive side of both themselves and other people.
Gratefulness strengthens relationships. You will learn to not take the people in your life for granted. Being grateful for their presence in your life and respecting them is important in any relationship. The best way to do this is by being thankful for the things that they do and the memories that you get to create with them.