Importance of Daily Gratitude
Hi, my dears. I want to share one story with you.
Couple of years ago I did not even know what does daily gratitude actually mean, and why we should to practice it. I understand that it’s very important to be thankful for what I already have, but I was wondering of why I should practice gratitude. And how does it even possible to practice something like that? But sometimes it happens that we find answers on most wondering questions by certain accidents when we stop searches. So that happened to me.
In my free time I like to watch different YouTube videos and also I have favorite YouTubers. One of them is Mimi Ikonn. She is my great inspiration. And I found that I have so many similar thoughts with Mimi. For me it was always a huge surprise of how two different people have common sense on one topic. Anyway, one day I was watching her video about how it is important to be grateful about everything that we have in our lives. And it’s not enough to be just grateful, but practice that gratefulness every day. And I started to search what it means to practice gratitude daily.
As Wikipedia says: “Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness is the proper, fitting or called-for response to benefits or beneficence from a benefactor. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions, and has been a topic of interest to philosophers as far back as Seneca. The systematic study of gratitude within psychology only began around the year 2000, possibly because psychology has traditionally been focused more on understanding distress rather than understanding positive emotions. The study of gratitude within psychology has focused on the understanding of the short term experience of the emotion of gratitude (state gratitude), individual differences in how frequently people feel gratitude (trait gratitude), and the relationship between these two aspects”.
And daily gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation about something every day.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude”― Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Being thankful is such a powerful emotion.
So why is it so important to practice gratitude?
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle”― Albert Einstein.
Practicing gratitude will raise your level of happiness; helps you to notice all positive things around; helps you feel better about yourself (world around) and even to sleep better; helps to get unstuck; helps to find or create inner peace…etc.
How to practice gratitude?
Most important is to take your time to notice positive things.
You can get a simple notebook where you’ll write down daily what you are grateful for — 3–4 things would be enough. It can help you to feel better about your life and be more optimistic.
Start your day with writing down some things that you are happy for. And finish your day by writing what great has happen to you during this day. Of course, maybe for you it would be more comfortable to think or pronounce those things then writing them down. That may also works. Because you can choose the most satisfied way for you. But as for me, I prefer to write things in my notebook. I feel more concentrated. And during the day I try to notice as many good things as possible because I know that at the evening I need to write something in my journal. Those writing exercises helped me to focus my attention on positive stuffs. Writing doesn’t take a lot of time. Probably, 3–5 minutes in the morning and 5–7 minutes at the evening.
I can say that practicing gratitude daily helped me a lot.
“The more you practice gratitude the more you see how much there is to be grateful for, and your life becomes an ongoing celebration of joy and happiness” — Miguel Ruiz.
With everyday noticing positive things I realized that I find more and more things that I am thankful for. This list is always growing. I stopped looking for happiness that will come to me one day, instead of that I started to live in present moment and finding happiness in this concrete moment. I started to notice what other people did or doing for me, without taking it for granted. Becoming grateful helped me to build strong friendship with those people. Keeping this gratefulness journal forced me to always look on the bright side. Always!
To sum up, I’d like to say that you shouldn’t be so skeptical about this. If you are thinking: ‘’hey, girl, that isn’t for me’’, — I suggest you to do practicing of gratitude as an experiment. Being thankful is more like a habit, so with time it comes in natural way to you.
And remember that your best is already around you!