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Dec 01

7 Remarkable Benefits of Gratitude

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Are you practicing gratitude everyday?.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
― Epicurus

Since I was little, my parents have always made it a point to remind me every single time to say two off the most important words every human being needs to remember – please and thank you. Every time the situation calls for it whether I’m asking for a favor or someone gave me something, it’s automatic.

“What would you say?” they would ask to which I would innocently reply: “please” or “thank you”.

I learned to appreciate this kind of discipline growing up.  I saw the benefits that came out of it in both my personal life and career so much so that I have applied the same principle with my own kids because let’s face it, saying thank you, more specifically, has kind of been becoming a lost art nowadays.

Some of the kids today do no know how to appreciate other people’s kindness.  They simply smile or hide behind their mom after receiving something from someone.

Gratitude needs to be practiced everyday.  We need to make them realize that we have a lot to be thankful for and that we need to show our gratitude when the situation calls for it.  Learning to be thankful for what you have brings a lot of benefits.  I should know because I am reaping some of those benefits now and I want you to experience them too.

 

1. Good health

Grateful people worry less and does not experience too much stress regardless of their circumstances in life. Their appreciation of life pushes them to exert more effort in prolonging it through exercise, proper diet and regular checkups.  Simply put, people who appreciate life values it more than those who don’t.

 

2. Peace of mind

Knowing how lucky you are to have what you have at the present moment takes away all the worries and anxieties one would normally feel especially in desperate times.  Grateful people have a more positive outlook that they do not get stressed or pressured to give in to life’s toughest trials.

This is one of the things I gained from the negative experience I went through last year when I got into debt.  I was so disappointed and so depressed that I was losing hope that I could ever get back on my feet but instead of focusing on everything that’s going wrong, I shifted my focus on the positives.

My kids are healthy, we have roof on top of our heads, and we have food on our table.  Other people aren’t that lucky so who am I to complain?

 

3. Fruitful relationships

Saying thank you shows breeding and good manners.  Admirable traits that helps you win more friends and develop meaningful relationships.

People love to be acknowledged for a good deed.  It feels good to be appreciated so be generous with your thank you’s because it attracts people and make them want to start a relationship with you.

 

4. Improved self-esteem

I used to compare myself a lot with my contemporaries who have achieved bigger things than I do and it used to make me feel bad about myself.  I kept asking what I have and have not done to be where they are now but all these changed since I started practicing gratitude.  I now know that we all run our own races and that I wouldn’t be happy if I keep comparing myself to others.

Grateful people appreciate who they are and their capabilities.  They do not envy or compare themselves to people who have more money or higher positions.  They are contented with where they are and confident that they will reach their goals in due time.  They don’t have a sense of entitlement.

 

5. Productivity

One of the things gratitude has brought to my life is the excitement and enthusiasm each day brings.  Being grateful makes you appreciate even the most minute of things.  Yes, cliché as it may sound, I do stop and smell the roses every morning.  I love looking at the sunrise and I am living life to the fullest.

I always bring the same amount of energy to work and it helps me appreciate my job more and makes me do more.  If gives me focus and helps me get things done.

 

6. Hope

Being grateful gives us a great amount of hope.  Gratitude gives us that positive outlook that everything will be alright and that everything will fall into place just as we want them to.  It makes us appreciate not only the present but also what lies ahead of us in the future without worrying or paranoia.

 

7. Happiness

Add all of the first 6 benefits and you’ll get happiness.  And when I say happiness, I am not referring to the temporary feeling of joy.  I am referring to pure, intrinsic, unadulterated happiness.  The kind of happiness that no amount of money can buy.  The kind of happiness that is unconditional.

Gratitude is indeed one of the keys to happiness so be thankful with what you have, who you are and where you are.  Appreciate the little things.  Be thankful that you still get to wake up each day to enjoy life.

 

Over to You

Do you practice gratitude?  What are the things you’re thankful for?  What has gratitude done to your life?

I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment or feedback below.  I would really appreciate it if you do.

 

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

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  1. Liz English (@elizsway)

    Do you practice gratitude? Yes everyday, without fail. What are the things you’re thankful for? I am thankful everyday for my husband of 34 years is healthy and happy, we have everything we need in our house.We lost our only son, I am grateful that I had him for 24 years and we were able to provide him with everything he needed, my son is grown and happy and healthy they need What has gratitude done to your life? Gratitude has brought me happiness. I am already doing what I am passionate about. I have wonderful coaches in the business that I am doing. Thanks Noel for sharing your gratitude article

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thanks for opening up Liz and sorry to hear about your son. I am glad that practicing gratitude has really worked out for you. I hope what you just shared inspires everyone who follow my blog. Stay happy and continue doing what you love.

  2. Lucia Ferraro

    hi Noel! I practice gratitude and try to stay vigilant to writing in my journal each evening… and if I don’t I at least say things out loud as often as i can! Thank you for your spirit and for your message! I too am a life coach helping to facilitate change so more people can get what they want in this life! with gratitude for your post…Lucia

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thanks Lucia! Journaling is a good practice especially for tracking all the things you’re thankful for each and every day. Good to find another coach whose mission is to also help facilitate change and bring joy into people’s lives. Cheers!

  3. Alex

    Gratitude has played a huge part in my life! If it weren’t for being grateful I wouldn’t have everything I do today.
    I love how you’ve broken down all the areas that gratitude effects in a positive way :)

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Sometimes we take things for granted and ironically, even gratitude itself. I’ve learned so much from being thankful and it has brought me nothing but positives!

  4. Sheena Yap Chan

    being grateful really does affect you in such a positive way. i write 10 things that im grateful for everyday

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      That’s great Sheena! Gratitude does bring happiness and fulfillment in our lives in ways we do not imagine possible. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  5. Annalize

    Practcing gratitude every day also keeps you humble! Being grateful brings so much positive energy into your life, it’s immeasurable!

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      I couldn’t agree more Annalize! Gratitude brings a lot of positives in our lives and I’m glad I learned how to be more grateful through my bad experiences.

  6. Carol Makowski

    Practicing gratitutde — actually, I prefer to think of it as appreciation — is a high vibration and keeps us in the realm of joy. Being in the arena of joy allows us to attract other people and things which bring further joy. So it just keeps building, thanks to Law of Attraction.

    I believe teaching children to acknowledge and appreciate “favors” from others is a good practice, as it improves interpersonal relationships and diminishes entitlement. Entitlement can be a good thing. But at the expense of others — never. thanks Noel.

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Couldn’t agree more Carol! Being thankful does give us a sense of joy being content with what we have and what our circumstances are.

  7. Stephanie D'Laroy

    Great post Noel, definitely need to focus on being grateful for the things you have and not on what you don’t. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Glad you liked it Stephanie.

      Gratitude is the best counter punch for loneliness and frustration. You can easily turn your mindset around if you are thankful.

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