The Goodness of Gratitude

A large portion of the world’s population squanders time by worrying about the past, the present and the future. They let their situations dictate their journeys and fall prey to the concept of ‘unfairness’ and ‘inequality’ of life. You see, there are only two ways a person can handle an affliction— be so engrossed in agony to the point of immobilization or be responsible of the problem and feel grateful for the present while working for a fulfilling future. Simply put, gratitude means thankfulness. It can be thankfulness for the simple pleasures such as a long, relaxing shower, the breathtaking scenery the sun paints while setting, or even the laziness on Sundays. The fact that you are alive today, conversing with your family and friends is in itself something to rejoice for.

Practicing the art of gratitude is one of the greatest gifts and investments you can make for yourself. It shifts your focus from the vacancies to the abundance that’s already present. You can do this by listing out three to five things that you’re grateful for every day. It can be done either right when you wake up in the morning or before you lull yourself to a blissful slumber at night. When life throws one of its impediments at you, like it always does, just looking at your gratitude list and changing your vibe can be of immense help in putting you back on track. You can also write a gratitude letter to a person whose presence adds value to your life. Not only will it brighten up his/her spirits, it’ll also serve as a remainder for you to be cautious with your words when matters go awry between you two.

Research shows that being grateful on a daily basis leads to more happiness, better health, deeper relationships and increased productivity.

So, it’s for you to decide whether you want to be bored, miserable, and sad or be energized, enthusiastic and full of joy by incorporating this small habit into your life.