Why Gratitude Matters - by Romina Tomas

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Gratitude can be described as the quality where one is thankful for the good things received and achieved in life. Gratitude shows when we are appreciative and kind towards people without expecting anything back, most likely we will receive kindness in return, creating a circle of gratitude and appreciation that keeps moving us forward.

Practicing daily gratitude can be of great benefit as it can help us to get unstuck and to stay moving forward.

Many times we tend to overlook gratitude, thinking that it is not important. However, this article will state some of the reasons why gratitude matters.

Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

♦ Keeps one Humble

Society is a place where people help each other and where we are always there for each other. Therefore, our wins do not belong to us alone, they are shared. When we are humble, it is easier for us to show gratitude where necessary, and also to give people credit when they deserve it. Gratitude helps us not to only think about ourselves but also to focus on others in need. Being humble helps us realize and become aware of the genuine people that are in our life, thus making it very easy for us to appreciate them for the value they add to our lives.

♦ Improves one’s Environment

When we are thankful, we tend to live a life that is less complicated. We tend to live a life that is full of happiness. The kindness that we show to other people might not always be reciprocated but it will not go unnoticed. Therefore, if you are showing gratitude, you will always be content with yourself, and you will always be appreciative with your life no matter what you might be experiencing. When one is always thankful, it is easier for people to like you and appreciate you. People will always enjoy having your company, and that helps in showing that you have a certain impact on their lives.

♦ Improves Relationship

Gratitude plays a huge role in making one improve the relationships with the people that are in their life and also maintain those relationships healthy. That is because the people around you feel appreciated and this encourages them to keep you close. As a result, one will always manage to maintain healthy relationships and be thankful for the good things that are happening in our life, no matter how small those things might be.

♦ Helps one Live in the Moment

Taking time to appreciate blessings and achievements helps us relax, and feel proud of ourselves. That also greatly contributes to making us feel better, and it gives us a feeling of accomplishment.

This acts as a boost towards one’s attitude and mood, thus making us enjoy the moment and be happy as well. It also motivates people to start searching for the things that they can be grateful for, and also learn to appreciate such things. As a result, it becomes very easy for people to prevent negativities in their lives.

It is evident that gratitude has a huge impact on people’s lives despite the fact that it is often overlooked.

Gratitude helps in showing that we appreciate the people that are around us and their achievements as well.

Gratitude has been seen to play a huge role in making people joyful and promoting humility in individuals as well. That is because the people that show gratitude are most humble and they appreciate the little things in life.

With gratitude, it becomes very easy for individuals to have healthy relationships with those that are close to them since they will always feel appreciated and cared for.

Gratitude also helps people view life from a positive perspective and learn to appreciate life as it is as well.

In every society today, gratitude is vital in creating long-lasting relationships. It shows our love for humankind and in the long run, people become more trusting and dependable.

A simple exercise to experiment gratitude would be to write in a gratitude journal about five things you are grateful for every day. It might seem easy or sometimes difficult for some people, but the end result is generally a new found appreciation for life and more inner peace.

Looking at the bright side of life never made anyone blind.

♦ Here are some simple ways to make gratitude part of your daily routine:
      1. Keep a gratitude journal
      2. Tell someone you love them and you appreciate them
      3. Nurture your friendships
      4. Smile more often
      5. Do random acts of kindness
      6. Don’t judge others or complain too often
      7. Live mindfully in the present
      8. Meditate or pray to reflect on your blessings
      9. Look at the glass half full
      10. Stop and appreciate nature

Are you a grateful person? Do you have any tips of your own on practicing daily gratitude?  Let me know in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading, and remember that practicing daily gratitude can be of great benefit as it can help you to get unstuck, and to move forward so you can accomplish your goals.

Romina Tomas, Associate Certified Coach 

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