Published: 19 December 2017
Gratitude or appreciation for the good things that happen in life is a really important part of building happiness. There are a number of benefits that can be gained from working gratitude into your everyday life. Here are some ways to increase gratitude and has suggestions of how to become aware of things you can be grateful for.
What does gratitude mean? Appreciating the good things in your life, boosting your mood, increasing positive feelings and coping better with tough times.
What is gratitude? Everyone has times where they feel appreciative or thankful for a person or a situation. These moments of thinking about the past in a positive way give us a good feeling, and have been named ‘gratitude.’ Feeling grateful just happens sometimes, but you can also make a special effort to increase how often you feel it. Research has shown that people with high levels of gratitude experience a whole bunch of benefits, so it’s a great idea to increase your own.
Benefits of gratitude. Increasing gratitude is useful because it’s an instant mood booster and feels great in the moment. You’re likely to feel closer to friends and family, to enjoy your life more, have good physical health. It also makes it easier to cope with tough times and good things in life don’t stick in our heads as easily as bad events. This last point is really important. When bad things happen, we don’t really forget it, and people can spend a lot of energy thinking about what makes them unhappy. But, if you make an effort to increase how often you experience gratitude, it can balance out some of the negative stuff. That doesn’t mean you ignore/forget the problems that you have or that the things wrong with your life are unimportant. It just means that good memories will also stick in your mind, so you get to enjoy them for longer.
Ways to increase gratitude. Experiencing more gratitude is easy and doesn’t take much time. Try these ideas:
What are the sorts of things I can be grateful for? You can be thankful for anything in your life that makes you feel positive on some level. Some bigger things could include;
However, you don’t need to limit your gratitude to big picture ideas. Positive things that seem small and happen every day are also worth focusing on. Some small things could include;
What can I do now?
Extract from Reach Out: https://au.reachout.com/articles/how-to-practice-gratitude