What are you thankful for? How frequently do you take a moment to be grateful for the blessings you’ve been given? We often take things for granted and we don’t realize their significance until they are gone or have been taken away from us.
For example, literacy is a privilege, not a birthright. Also when we see what’s going on out there, such conflict, bloodshed, and poverty, they help us realize how fortunate we are to live in a place where it is safe.
We come to recognize that having our five senses is a blessing for folks who don’t have them. Amid our travels, we come to appreciate the beauty of the world around us. We might easily feel sorry for ourselves if we’re going through a difficult moment in our life. Despite everything, we must keep in mind that there are tens of thousands of things to be thankful for if we took a moment to identify them.
Is it important to show gratitude for the good fortune you’ve had in life in the form of experiences, things, and people? Gratitude not only helps us connect with people in a more meaningful way, but it also makes us feel wonderful. Here’s a list of new, interesting, and heartfelt reasons that’ll get you going on your gratitude practice.
Benefits of Having a Gratitude Practice
One of the most under-appreciated weapons in our arsenal may be thankfulness. Gratitude doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t take much time to cultivate, yet the rewards are immeasurable.
Gratitude has been shown to have several advantages:
1. Gratitude is a Gateway to New Friendships
According to research published in the journal Emotion in 2014, not only is saying “thank you” polite, but it may also help you make new friends. According to the findings, expressing gratitude to a new acquaintance increases their likelihood of pursuing a long-term connection.
Acknowledging the efforts of others, whether it’s thanking a stranger for holding the door or sending a brief thank-you email to a coworker who helped you with a project, is an excellent way to open doors.
2. Gratitude Has a Positive Effect on Physical Well-being
According to one study, grateful individuals had fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people. Grateful individuals tend to prioritize their health, which is unsurprising. They’re more active and more likely to see their doctor on a regular basis, both of which may help them live longer.
3. Psychological Well-being May Improve by Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Many harmful emotions, including jealousy, anger, and impatience, may be alleviated by cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Numerous studies have been undertaken on the relationship between thankfulness and well-being by Robert A. Emmons, a major researcher in the field. When it comes to increasing happiness and decreasing despair, his study shows that thankfulness is the key.
4. People Who Are Thankful Report Having Higher Quality Sleep
Writing in a gratitude diary also enhances sleep. Before you go to bed, take 15 minutes to write down your feelings of gratitude. You may find that you sleep better and longer as a result.
5. Gratitude Has a Positive Effect on Self-worth
Gratefulness was proven to boost athletes’ self-esteem, according to a 2014 research published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Gratitude has been found in other research to lessen the tendency to make social comparisons. Grateful individuals are able to accept other people’s successes instead of being angry or envious toward those who have more money or a better career.
6. How Gratitude Can Be Incorporated in Manifesting What We Want
The physical and emotional effects of thankfulness are well-known, so let’s speak about how gratitude may help you materialize your desires. To bring about our desires, we need to cultivate an attitude of gratitude since it shifts our perspective and instills an abundant mentality inside us. Focusing on the things in your life that you are thankful for produces a sense of security, safety, and abundance.
Vibrational frequencies and energy characteristics must be included while discussing manifestation. The fact that everything in our world is made out of energy means that everything has a distinct energetic frequency, like a radio station. A person can only tune into the frequencies that are relevant to them.
To put it another way, if you’re always experiencing a sense of dread or humiliation, you’re operating on a frequency that’s in tune with those feelings. Tuning in to the frequency attracts more of that which resonates with you. By focusing on positive emotions such as thanks-given-for-the-opportunity, acceptance, love, and abundance, you’ve shifted your emotional tuning.
As a result, anything that resonates at that frequency is drawn to you. Receiving leaves a trail of gratitude in its wake. Remaining in a state of receiving aligns your vibration with the frequency of what you want to have. Even if you know that you haven’t got it yet, expressing appreciation maintains your energy vibration high enough to attract what you want.
Things To Be Thankful For
Simple Things To Be Thankful For
- Happiness — for you to savor the wonders of life.
- The Sun — for illuminating and beautifying the world around us.
- Sunset — one of nature’s most spectacular displays is sunset.
- Moon and Stars — for lighting up our night sky.
- Sunrise — watching the sunrise is a wonderful way to begin the day.
- Rain — if it’s hot outside, rain may help keep you cool, and it’s also great for a good night’s sleep while it’s raining.
- Snow — for enhancing the beauty of winter.
- Rainbows — to look forward to after the rain, rainbows are a magnificent sight.
- Music — to help elevate your spirits when you’re feeling down, listen to music that makes you feel better and adds love to your life.
- Your soul mate — for being the one person who really knows what you’re going through in this life.
- Generous strangers — for making your days better when you least expect it.
- Laughter — in order to bring happiness into your life, all you need to do is laugh.
- Love — for allowing you to experience what it is like to genuinely be alive.
- Life’s challenges — Life’s difficulties are there to make you stronger and better at who you want to be.
Unique Things To Be Thankful For
- Your parents — firstly, you owe a debt of gratitude to your parents, who brought you into the world. Because you cannot exist without them.
- Your family — for being the people you love most in the world.
- Your friends — for being there for you throughout your life’s journey.
- Sense of sight — for allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the world around you.
- Sense of hearing — for allowing you to hear the rain, the voices of your loved ones, and the harmonic chords of music, the sense of hearing is essential.
- Sense of touch — you can feel the texture of your garments, the wind’s breeze, and the hands of your loved ones with your sense of touch.
- Sense of smell — for allowing you to enjoy the scents of scented candles, fragrances, and the lovely blooms in your yard.
- Sense of taste — for the pleasures of fruity sweetness, salty saltwater flavor, sour pickle acidity, and harshness of bitter gourd.
- Your speech — for it provides you with a means of expressing your thoughts and ideas.
- Your good health — for it allows you to accomplish what you want and prepares you for what lies ahead.
Things That We Often Overlook or Take for Granted That We Can Be Grateful For
- A place to sleep and a place to call home
- There is a limitless supply of safe drinking water available
- We don’t have to go hungry
- Internet access and unlimited information at our fingertips
- Money in the bank
- Our pets
- We are able to take delight in the little things in life
- The good people in our lives
- Your significant other
- The mistakes you made in the past
- Small acts of kindness
- Small victories
Also check out our gratitude journal prompts for 365 days.
Gratitude is a powerful tool for manifesting, but it may also help you grow as an individual. Gratitude triggers a cascade of hormones in the body that not only improves your mood but also keeps you from experiencing any bad feelings. It’s impossible to be grateful and have negative ideas in your brain at the same moment.
Don’t you agree that cultivating an attitude of thankfulness is the ideal kind of self-care? You’ll feel better right away if you start expressing thanks. Gratitude puts you in a condition of mind, body, and spirit wellness, and aids in the manifestation of all the things you want in life.
What is one thing you’re grateful for right now? Share in the comments.
Writer and globe wanderer, who's interests not only take her to distant corners of the world, but also to undiscovered regions of her inner Self. Proponent of the practice of ACIM, mindfulness, self-compassion, and gratitude, to transform her relationship with daily life challenges.