Gratitude means to be grateful and acknowledge all that you have and are blessed with. As children, we are often taught to be honest, brave, hard-working, and what not. But something that is rarely taught to us is gratitude. This quality is mostly forgotten by us as adults because there is no emphasis on developing it as young children. Even when we are taught to thank people when they help us, it is inculcated as good manners rather than being learnt as an act of showing gratitude through our words.
In the field of positive psychology, gratitude is considered to be an important positive emotion that is beneficial not only to those practicing it but also to those on the receiving end of it. So how exactly is being grateful beneficial?
After reading all this, you might be wondering how exactly to start. The easiest way to start your journey of gratitude is by making a note of all the things you are grateful for. It could be anything at all and it doesn’t have to be a long list of things each day. Even if you have found just one thing to be grateful for, consider it an achievement.
With so many benefits to our mind and body through the practice of gratitude, let’s make it a point to start looking at the things we are thankful for than to focus on the things that make us unhappy. It seems like the perfect time to start with Christmas and New Year just around the corner, doesn’t it?