“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”– Meister Eckhart
Grateful mean to say thank you, counting your blessings, joy-joy little attention, and acknowledge everything that you receive. This means learning to live as if everything is a miracle, and realize continuously how much you have been given. Grateful habits will shift attention from the part of your life that is lacking to the abundance that you currently have. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the existence of a surprising change of life that comes from the practice of gratitude.Thanksgiving make people happier and more resilient, strengthen relationships, improve health, and reduce stress.
Research Shows Gratitude Improves Quality of Life
Two psychologists, Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, wrote an article about the experiment they did in gratitude and its impact on welfare. The study involved several hundred people, divided into three different groups and all participants were asked to keep a diary. The first group made a daily record of events that occur during the day without being told specifically to write about things that are good or bad, the second group was asked to record the unpleasant experience them, and the last group was ordered to make a daily list of related matters they are grateful for. The results showed that exercise was grateful daily produce higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced levels of depression and stress less, are more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and make greater progress to achieve personal goals.
Dr. Emmons – who has been studying gratitude for nearly ten years and is considered by many as the leading authority in the world in gratitude – is the author of the book, “Thanks !: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier”. The information in this book is based on research involving thousands of people carried out by a number of different researchers worldwide. One result of this research is that by practicing grateful to increase the level of happiness of about 25%. This is important, since there is a certain burden that feels natural for your body and trying to be maintained in order to achieve happiness, which is called the “base level of happiness”. If let anything bad happen to you one day, your happiness may decline for a while, but then goes back to “base level of happiness”. Likewise, if something positive happens to you, your happiness levels will rise, and then back again to the “basic level of happiness”. Practice grateful will increase “basic happiness levels”, so you can remain at higher levels of happiness regardless of outside circumstances.
In addition, Dr. Emmons study showed that those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, more quickly bounce back from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have a higher social relationships than those who do not practice grateful. He further pointed out that “To be grateful is not to say that everything in our lives seemed incredible. This means that we are aware of our blessings. “
Notice and Acknowledge Giving Every Day
People tend to not pay attention to the good things that are already present in their lives. There are exercises you should be grateful that instructs imagine losing some things not so you notice during this time, such as your home, your ability to see or hear, your ability to walk, or anything that is currently providing you comfort. Then imagine getting each of these things back one by one, and consider to express gratitude and thanks to each of them. In addition, you need to start finding joy in the small things, not just the major accomplishments – such as getting a promotion, getting married, giving birth, and so on.
Another way to say thank you to better appreciate life is to use gratitude to help you put things in proper perspective. When things do not go as you expect, remember that every adversity brings the benefits of equal magnitude. In the face of adversity ask yourself: “What is good about this?”, “What can I learn from this?”, And “How can I benefit from this?”
There are Many Ways to Be grateful and Giving Thanks
A general method for developing the practice of gratitude is to make a gratitude journal, a concept introduced in the book Sarah Ban Breathnach “Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude”. This exercise basically consists of writing down every day a list of three to ten things you are grateful for.You can do this in the morning or before bed at night. Other activities that you can try is to write a letter of thanks to those who have a positive influence in your life, but you do not really like to thank you. Some experts advise you to arrange a meeting with these people and read the letter to them face to face.
Once you are oriented looking for things you are grateful for, you will find that you begin to appreciate the joy-joy of small things that you had not previously noticed. Grateful not only a reaction when you get what you want, but thankful at all times, even when faced with an unpleasant situation. Today, begin to give thanks and gratitude to every experience you get, do not wait experience positive beforehand to feel thankful. In this way, you will be on your way to becoming a teacher gratitude.