“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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