Get more of what you love in your life- how gratitude works
13 September 2022 Estimated time: ~2 min.
When you feel that everything goes wrong, you hardly find resources to be grateful. But you know? That’s when you most need to find reasons to show gratitude, to overcome difficult times!
It’s not easy to visualize the sun in a sky full of dark clouds, and the same can be said about showing gratitude when things don’t go your way, but therapists advise us to practice cultivating gratitude even when it’s hard for us, because identifying the pluses in our lives will cancel out the minuses.
Americans have a special day of Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and is one of their most beloved holidays. It is a time of introspection as family and friends gather around bountiful meals and give thanks for the gifts in their lives.
Gratitude is found in many religious traditions. For example, in Judaism, the first words of the morning prayer could be translated: "Thank you." Another saying addresses the question "Who is rich?" with this answer: "Those who enjoy what they have."
Psychologists say that practicing gratitude improves health and happiness because it helps you focus on what you have, not what you don’t have. For example, instead of being frustrated that you don’t have a car, you can be grateful that you have a bike. You may have smiled now, which is a great thing anyway, but think how many people would want your bike. Or, even more deeply, be grateful that you have legs!
You can start practicing gratitude as early as tomorrow morning by listing the most "mundane" gifts in life. So give thanks for the warm bed you woke up in today, for that you can see your face, hear your voice, smell a flower, prepare your own breakfast and have a full refrigerator, drinking water, coffee, tea, fresh bread. .. I’ll let you continue!
Gratitude as therapy:
- Reduces negative emotions such as envy, anger, frustration and regret. Many studies led by psychologist Robert Emmons show the connection between gratitude and well-being. His research shows that gratitude increases happiness and decreases depression.
- Improves sleep quality and heart health
- Increases work performance
- A study published in the Journal of Applied Sports Psychology shows that athletes who practice gratitude have stronger self-esteem and therefore more chances for high performance.