What Gratitude means


Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioural and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

People tend to take for granted the good that is already present in their lives. Few things can affect your overall quality of life as powerfully as your attitude can.  Your attitude affects your career, your relationships, your hobbies, and even your financial status.  Most people discover that when they improve their attitude, everything else in their lives seems to improve also.  

Gratitude can help you remember that along with the darkness of every ending comes the dawn of a new beginning.  Gratitude can smooth the sharp edges of any painful experience and usher in a more gentle transition that contributes to your personal growth. 

A daily practice of gratitude is one simple way to give yourself a painless attitude adjustment because it reduces your temptation to focus on more “negative” mind-sets.  When you feel grateful it is nearly impossible to feel frustrated, sad, empty, or disconnected.  A negative focus and a gratitude focus cannot co-exist!  They are opposites and will repel each other. Finally, gratitude can help you shed the burden of unhealthy situations in order to clear a space for something better to arrive in your life.

 

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