Well here is my take of being grateful.. in a day comprising of 24 hours I will be grateful advertently or inadvertently 2- 3 hours every day for the more simple things in my life.
I find it really gratifying when I am alone because I am a downright introvert and being social wears me out often. But at other times I feel grateful for having those supportive friends whom I have met in my life and they are there through those days when I woke up with swollen eyes and my pillow was still wet. Yes.. this ‘pick me up’ is indeed gratifying. But am I grateful for all the other things which are making my life a little more comfortable every single day? I guess not.
We all tend to forget that glass of life which is usually more than 80 percent full. Yes.. that life which is blessed more than what we could think of. Yes, there were times when I was on the verge of touching rock bottom in life but still, I kept holding on.The sun reappeared and I saw it with more hope and more assurance. But over the course of life, I figured out that societies thrive on gratitude and this is an integral part of what shapes our personalities and if we bud as an optimist or pessimist.
The negativity around us keeps questioning our stamina to face the bitterness coming across. That’s where gratitude should come in. It gives you hope, it gives you power over the pessimism which has been dwelling inside you. It makes you ponder about the pain and deprivation around you. Yes.. when we feel like the moment was not for us or we didn’t deserve what has been happening to us. That’s exactly where we need to contemplate how privileged we are. But how can you make it as a default setting in life? How can we fine tune ourselves to hit those senses which are gratifying? Here are five ways.
Yes, there were times when I was on the verge of touching rock bottom in life but still I kept holding on.
Keeping a journal/log book
One of the most studied methods to feel more gratifying and inculcate the gratification factor in you is to keep a thank you notebook or gratifying log book. The best practice would be to use a gratifying journal every morning before you start off your day at work or home. Experts, however, suggest that be specific about each and every blessing and write it after giving a thought why you felt the gratification. Remember more positive things cultivate more positive thoughts. And hell yes!! you need to write that with your morning latte.
Experts, however, suggest that be specific about each and every blessing and write it after giving a thought why you felt the gratification. Remember more positive things cultivate more positive thoughts. And hell yes!! you need to write that with your morning latte.
Count those little blessings
We all have that very stereotypical approach to cherish the blessings we have got in life. Family, house, parents, health no wonder are the major factors why we stay strong.Yet people tend to forget about the simpler things in life which have given them peace of mind and happiness. What about that guy at the airport who offered you his trolley when you were alone and had excess baggage.
Putting the “you” in that thank you is what matters
Reminders are important
Giving yourself those little reminders throughout the day when you are stuck in the usual rut makes you feel content. Make sure you stop several times in the day to appreciate and savor the good in life. Enjoying a hot cup of tea, having a cute pet around, those blooming flowers on your lawn, or even an organized closet can work wonders.
If having a log book feels old-school and boring then keeping a digital one is definitely not. Through a digital app or notebook, not that you can turn back to all those days when you were the happiest but can share your posts with friends too. Try installing an app such as “Bliss” which reminds you every day to write about those thankful moments.
The expression goes a long way
Well, this is not easy but we all know that a lot of gratitude is by choice and it is cultivated internally. Expressing that “thank you” is as important as admitting it to yourself.
Putting the “you” in that thank you is what matters and build stronger bonds. May it be your better half or that long distance friend you meet once a year. Saying some good words never fail.
How much do you feel grateful in life? Let me know what do you feel most grateful for in comments below