We live in a very sad and downtrodden world.
There are the obvious reasons for lacking happiness and optimism (e.g. famine, disease, terrorism). But even beyond that, I’m shocked by how many everyday people exude discontentment despite a lack of glaring difficulties.
In my experience, these sort of situations are often rooted in one thing: ungratefulness.
Now, we don’t actively go out and try to be ungrateful. However, if we don’t constantly remind ourselves of the great things we have, it’s easy to get lost in envy of others.
If you’re looking to lead a happy life, it starts with the opposite of ungratefulness: gratitude.
In today’s article, I’d like to take you through a few reasons why living a life full of gratitude will lead to an increase in happiness…
You Start Savoring Life’s Positive Experiences
When we aren’t actively practicing gratitude, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by negative experiences. Think about it – it’s why people can give you a string of compliments, but the one person that has something bad to stay will remain on your mind for weeks.
A gratitude habit changes that dynamic.
Instead of getting caught up on the bad, you’ll shift your attention to the good. Savoring these positive experiences will attract even more positive experiences to you.
It Boosts Your Self-Worth and Self-Esteem
If you went to the mirror every morning and told yourself you were ugly, you’d start to believe that. We’ve recently talked about the dangers of this type of negative self-talk.
Luckily, the opposite is true as well.
Those who constantly tell themselves how blessed they are will deeply believe that truth. And that, in turn, will make you feel better about yourself in every way.
Gratitude Helps You Cope With Trauma and Stress
I’ve recently experienced the loss of someone I loved dearly.
It’s easy to get consumed by the darkness of grief – feeling as though there isn’t a life beyond the pain and sadness. But in those moments of loss, I’ve found the fastest way through is the path of gratitude.
When you experience any type of trauma, instead of becoming enveloped by the bad, consume yourself with the good blessings that flow into your life each day.
You’ll Envy Others Less and Appreciate Yourself More
When I’m not active in my practice of gratitude, it always amazes me how easy it is to fall into coveting the lives and possessions of others. Somewhere along the way, we take our eyes off the wonderful things we have and focus on what we don’t instead.
This leads us down a path of discontentment, envy and poor self-worth.
With gratitude, we leave the all behind. Everyday you’ll spend time focusing on the things you do have. And you’ll quickly realize how silly it feels to bemoan the things you lack.
The Bonds You Have With Others Will Feel Stronger
Part of my gratitude practice involves writing down 3 people and why I feel thankful for them. And it’s amazing how much closer this has made me feel to the people in my life!
We can easily take the people we love most for granted.
However, taking some time to remember why they’re so important to us will ensure this never happens. The value they add and the love they bring to our lives is much easier to forget when you’re writing it down on a regular basis.
What Are You Thankful For?
The holiday season is a wonderful time to start your gratitude practice.
Don’t let loneliness, stress or envy get the better of you. Start making an active effort to show your thankfulness in everyday situations. In fact, why not make it a new year’s resolution?
If you did, I’d imagine you’d be an exponentially happier person this time next year. And instead of being drawn to articles with titles that say Increase Your Happiness With This One Trick, you’ll be writing these kinds of articles in an effort to tell your remarkable story of gratitude.