Life can be especially hard sometimes. In those times, we often get caught up in our troubles and forget all that we have. And when that happens, all we can see is negativity, struggle, and frustration.
This year, in particular, has been a rough one for everyone. Cooped up in our homes for most of the year, with jobs and homes lost for many. We’ve seen huge changes to how we work, school, date, and live. No area of our lives hasn’t been impacted negatively this year.
And it would be so easy to just give in to all the negativity and frustration. Far easier than it would be to seek out gratitude, right?
But it’s important that we take the time to stop and feel gratitude in both good times and bad.
An Example of How Gratitude Helps
Angela was on her way home from running errands all day with her children. She was hot and tired. The day had been filled with chaos and all she wanted was to grab some food from a fast food drive-thru and go home.
Then traffic unexpectedly stopped. A siren sounded in the distance and Angela looked ahead to see there had been a four car accident. Normally, she welcomed small delays as they gave her extra time to talk with her kids. But today, she didn’t feel like her usual peppy self. The accident, and subsequent traffic delay, annoyed her even more.
After a few minutes passed, her son asked, “Hey Mom, do you want to play the gratitude game? I bet we can count lots of stuff today!”
Her daughter said, “I’ll go first—I’m thankful we’re not one of the cars that were in the accident.”
Angela smiled at her daughter’s wisdom, then helped her children continue listing things they could be grateful for. By the time the wreck was cleared, Angela’s sour mood had lifted and she felt peaceful.
Like Angela, there might be days you find it difficult to express gratitude. But gratitude has many benefits that you can tap into.
Gratitude Soothes You
It’s hard to be both stressed and grateful at the same time. While you can’t always choose your circumstances, you can lean into positive vibes by practicing gratitude no matter where you are or what’s going on.
Not only does gratitude soothe you mentally, it can also be good for you physically. Studies have shown that choosing to be grateful can alter your perception of pain, including chronic pain.
Gratitude Focuses You
It can be tempting to view all the things you don’t have in your life. Maybe you don’t have a car as nice as your friend’s. Perhaps your job isn’t as glamourous as someone else’s. Maybe you don’t have a lot of money or a big, beautiful house.
Social media doesn’t help. We get a front-row seat to all the things our friends have – and their friends have. But they don’t share their struggles as freely, so it’s easy to think they have more and better lives than we do.
But when you embrace gratitude, it helps you focus on the important things in life, like your family, friends, and community. Your relationships matter far more than any material thing you might want.
Gratitude Energizes You
Without gratitude, it’s easy to slip into the victim mindset. You tell yourself things like, “I’m just destined to be a loser. I can’t have an amazing life. I’ve never had it easy, so why should I expect anything to change?”
But gratitude flips the script entirely. Instead of being the victim in the story, you become the hero. The one who overcomes the odds to build a beautiful life filled with blessings and abundance.
Gratitude offers many gifts if you’re willing to change your perspective and look at them. You never know what you might discover when you start viewing life through the lens of gratitude!
What if you viewed every situation in your life through the lens of gratitude? What would happen in your relationships if your practiced gratitude more often? How would your life change if you chose to embrace a thankful spirit?
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- Letting Go of the Three Biggest Gratitude Blockers
- Shift Your Focus: Why Gratitude Changes How You View the World
- Using Short and Sweet “Thank You” Notes to Encourage Others
- How Gratitude Influences Your Relationships
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