Gratitude is a powerful tool that can help us deal with tough situations. When you feel like the walls are closing in on you and it seems to be “storming” in your life, the practice of gratitude can help you to refocus. Practicing gratitude can help us feel more positive.
Focusing on the good experiences as opposed to drowning in the bad, impacts relationships and even helps us cope with challenging realities.
We can use the practice of gratitude to reset our emotional state by changing the way we see a situation. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do about the things that have happened. But, there’s a lot we can do about how they continue to impact our lives.
Here are some examples of how to begin this practice:
Finding gratitude in our past – recognizing the things that have indeed been great and those moments that made us light up with joy. Trusting the even where there’s been lots of hurt , there Is a tiny bit of Joy. .
Practicing seeing beauty, even when it appears there is none, such as the smile of a child or a daffodil in a dirt pile
Finding gratitude in the small things, such as a favorite treat, an act of self-care or taking a walk through a beautiful area.
Receiving gratitude from others is just as important as giving it.
When we give gratitude, we gift another with the knowledge that they have made a difference to us and shows our appreciation for their place in our lives. And receiving gratitude allows others to give us the same care. When we are open, receiving gratitude will leave us more motivated, feeling loved and cared for.
This gratitude exchange can have a vital impact on relationships. By expressing your gratitude to a person close to you, it allows you to focus on the things that you love most about them instead of the things that irritate or challenge you. This helps create a stronger relationship and opens communication to solve anything that needs to be dealt with.
The most powerful emotional benefit of practicing gratitude daily is that you are beginning to love yourself more and see more of who you are and what you are capable of.
By taking time each day to observe the things about yourself that you are most grateful for, you can begin to realize your self-worth and what your place in this world is.
Daily gratitude can be one of the most powerful healing tools.
As part of your gratitude practice for this week, list at least 5 things that you love about yourself and 5 things that you appreciate about your partner/friend/person close to you.
I would like to hear your thoughts on the emotional impact gratitude has had for you? Share and let me know.
Be Well, Be Blessed