Showing gratitude for life in general is not always easy. Whether you have just had a bad day, or you might feel down on your luck, it can sometimes feel hard to find things to be grateful for. But, gratitude can also help us to feel better.
There are many benefits to being more grateful. It can change your outlook on life, for starters. As a result of that, the energy around you can begin to change. People may notice something different about you and may even want to spend more time around you as you give off a positive vibe. Being more grateful also allows you to be open for even more gratitude. It is a great cycle to start, and it can really have a big impact on how you live your day-to-day life.
So, do you need a little push to recognize why you should be more grateful each day? That’s understandable. If you have been feeling low for awhile and you are finding it difficult to think of what you should be grateful for. Let this simple list help to get you started down the path of being more grateful and see how your life and your energy will start to improve.
1. The Day is Yours
You opened your eyes this morning and you got out of bed. That might seem like just another mundane chore of life, and maybe you are dreading the day already. Whether you have a big deadline at work or you are not feeling well, you may not think simply waking up is a big deal. But, really think about it – you woke up. You are alive. You get another chance at another day, and the possibilities are endless. If you can start your day out with that mindset, you can show more gratitude for a lot of different things.
2. You Can Banish Sadness
It is virtually impossible to feel sad and grateful at the same time. Even if you can just relieve that sadness for a second, it is worth it. So, if you are feeling a little down, try to think about something that you are grateful for. It can be something as small as the warm cup of coffee in your hand, or the new shirt you bought yesterday, the roof over your head or your friends or your family. Letting go of that sadness for just a moment can make a big difference.
3. You Are Loved
Sometimes we can feel like we are totally alone. But, when you really think about it, you know that somewhere, someone in this world loves you. It could be a family member or your friend across town. When you feel lonely, think about that person and how grateful you are for their love and care. Giving them a call and letting them know how grateful you are can make their day and can make you feel so much better. Be grateful that you are loved by someone!
4. You Are Connected
Speaking of being loved by someone, it doesn’t matter where that person is. You can be grateful that you are able to connect with them easily. Thanks to advancements in technology, it is easier than ever to stay connected with the people that matter most. In past generations, that wasn’t always the case. You can be grateful for technology and what it allows us to do. That’s right, you can thank the phone in your hand right now for what it does for you on a daily basis.
5. You Will Attract Better Things
If you start out being grateful for the small victories in your life, you will probably start to notice that you will attract larger ones! For example, try being grateful for your job. That isn’t always easy to do, but really think about it. If you have to, make a list of everything you appreciate about the current job that you have. If you are content and appreciative of your current employment, a better job may just come along.
This same rule applies to nearly everything in your life. Be grateful for your car, your home, your clothes, etc. As a result, you will undoubtedly start to see better things coming your way. On the contrary, if you complain all the time about the things you have, that negative energy isn’t going to attract anything or anyone your way.
6. Being Grateful Makes You Feel Good
Perhaps the best reason to be more grateful every day is that it’s good for you. You will almost instantly feel be happier and have more energy. You will also probably feel less stress, which can do things like lower your blood pressure or make you feel less anxious. In turn, that can keep you healthier. To capitalize on that, be thankful for your health! The better you feel, the more grateful you should be. Again, it is a beautiful cycle that can even change how often you have to go to the doctor or how easy it is for you to get through the day without feeling tired.
Start an Attitude of Gratitude Today!
As you can see, being more grateful can really change your life. The best part? You can start immediately. Being grateful is a choice. The more gratitude you have, the easier it is to have more. So, let the snowball effect take place in your life and start being grateful for the things you have each day. Start the habit of writing down three things every morning that you are grateful for. Once you do, you will start to notice changes in how you feel and how positive people will gravitate toward you more than ever before.