Thanksgiving makes you remember so many things to be grateful for- family, caring friends, your neighborhood grocer, food, or your health. Though we want to express thankfulness for many things that we are blessed with, it gets really tough to understand where to begin with or how to discover gratitude when we may not feel the same from inside?
Count your blessings each day and practice gratitude as it has a profound impact on your happiness quotient and well-being. Bringing in an attitude of glass-half-full in our lives is very important. This reminds me of an inspirational line that I read a few days ago, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.’ By Alphonse Karr.
Abound In Gratitude Sharing
Gratitude can be expressed in so many ways. From a simple thank you where you display your appreciation to paying individual visits to your loved ones, it can be anything that involves compassion. Everyone feels pepped up on being appreciated. There are so many occasions in your life where you could show compassion and be grateful for everything. The blessings this earth has shown through its bounty, the lessons you have learned or the life which you are breathing is enough to give your Thanksgiving.
Your happiness recipe is made up of an essential ingredient called compassion and this power of yours to care for others as well as yourself gives your life its deep meaning. Strengthen this by endowing your life with a conscious approach towards life and living with a grateful heart. Give yourself the gift of unconditional love where your beam your love outwards towards humanity. That’s what the seers and enlightened souls have shown us as they chose to elevate themselves higher and higher for the collective good.
We all know the superpower of the word “thank you” and believe me it works both ways. It lifts the enthusiasm of the person who is appreciated as well as the person who bestows it. It profits both the parties, raises compassion, and socially active behavior. Practising gratitude can also scale down depression, hike up overall happiness, and lower stress. Who doesn’t want these in their lives? So begin gratitude from somewhere because at times you have to force gratitude to make it happen.
Try Out Gratitude Wherever Possible
Gratitude works like a dopamine dose for the thanker as well as the one being thanked. So, why not try?
Begin from your home as often we take our family members very lightly. Just see the difference when you prioritize your attention towards your spouse or your siblings for helping you to steer through difficulties. Learn to thank your friends who have assisted you in your woeful days, Meditate on your blessings and the positive qualities you possess.
Never forget to thank the men who keep your city clean, the trash and garbage pickers as you know what your life becomes if garbage is not lifted even for a week. Also, have in your list all the persons who have contributed to weave, design, display and even delivered your clothes at your doorstep. Nurturing the practice of exploring gratitude every single day, soon ends with a lengthy list that reminds you of the good things that you have practiced. After all, gratitude is an attribute of your personality as we find that some people possess a more grateful demeanor than others. But practicing gratitude daily can help to alter our personality, though it will take some time.
People Who Practice Gratitude Show Greater Optimism
Do you know those successful writers, entrepreneurs, and trendsetters such as Oprah Winfrey, Tim Ferris, Richard Branson, and Arianna Huffington have one common trait? All of them consciously practice gratitude to get the most out of their lives and make a mark.
John Paul DeJoria, an entrepreneur writes in a post, “For the most part, I can’t tell you how important it is to take those first five minutes [of the day] and be thankful for life.”
It is very much true that gratitude creates abundance and turns your difficulties into gifts,
roadblocks into success stories, and opportunities into events.
Positive emotions like optimism help to build our mental resilience and also emotional intelligence that opens up new possibilities and enables us to make a comeback from our setbacks. In addition, along with a higher sense of gratitude, comes a heightened power of compassion, caring curiosity and also empathy.
Enlarge Your Ambit Of Compassion
To remain stress and anxiety free one has to break the shackles of negativity and defined horizons. Compassion is never a weakness but your strength. It will, in the end, lead to a heightened sense of satisfaction and an overall well-being.
Your well being makes your brain focus on the pluses only and heals worried minds.
Results have also shown that persons practicing compassion and gratitude are lesser prone to pains, blood pressure, and psychological issues. Cultivating compassion is similar to producing music from an instrument- a skill that flourishes and evolves out of dedicated practice. Likewise, practising Mindfulness and training yourself to a mindful living makes you capable to imbibe every moment with curiosity and acknowledgment of yourself as well as others.
Spare your few moments in meditation and start adding some moments to calibrate upon the things that are grateful for you. Gratitude always helps in the long run as it widens your social behavior and mentor relationship. You accept kindness with thanks in gratitude which enables you to perceive kindness. In fact, gratitude, compassion, and positive emotion comprise the most powerful relaxants. Not to forget that positive emotion ameliorates your health, and gratitude plus compassion are such positive emotions. It has been validated that managing terminal conditions such as cancer or HIV, positive alterations in the working of our immune system and a greater positive health attitude can be ascribed to gratitude also.
At Thoughtcloud, what we believe is a positive healthy attitude. As our token of gratitude towards the betterment of society, we make organic hemp based products which are natural and bring a positive change in your lives We have also started our ThoughtCloud Foundation in which we offer Scholarships for the veterans of Orange County. Our ultimate goal is enhancing the overall well-being of society as a whole and bringing a positive attitude towards life.