Importance of Gratitude
“It’s Not Happiness That Brings Us Gratitude, It’s Gratitude That Brings Us Happiness”. According to an article in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, “Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” When we express sincere gratitude—whether for a gift, a kind word, or practical help—we make the giver feel valued and appreciated. Even strangers respond warmly to people who sincerely thank them for doing a kind deed, such as holding a door open.
I have personally noticed the positive impact of looking for what I am grateful for in all areas of my life. It has given me a freedom I had never experienced before and has been a powerful tool that I successfully implement in my everyday life and relationships. With gratitude, I have been able to literally turn around some of my worst life experiences or trauma that have caused me tears and pain, or that made me angry and resentful into something positive and empowering. I have been able to let go of the negative feelings and emotions that were keeping me hostage. As Rhonda Britten, an incredibly effective Life Coach and Author says, “Gratitudes do more than make you feel good for a little while. Gratitudes can literally change the way you think from a negative to a positive. They reframe your language from negative to positive.They change the way you listen and the way you see the world. Gratitudes shift your focus so that you are aware of what you have, instead of what your don’t have. When you make gratitudes an integral part of your day, you are increasing your ability to see opportunities and possibilities where perhaps none existed before”.
It was after I started implementing the tools in her book, Fearless Living, that I noticed immense changes to all aspects and relationships in my life, with the biggest change in my relationship with myself. I see and feel the power I have to change my thoughts and change my life. I have a newfound awareness and appreciation for all the things that are good and amazing in my life which has made me a happier, stronger woman. So give gratitude a try. Write down five things you are grateful for, big or small, everyday. Remember, there is always something to be grateful for, always.