When you have gratitude for what you have and who you are, simple pleasures in life will be easier to find. Gratitude will mean you are thankful for things that have happened to you enabling you to acknowledge everything, big and small, and continuously be aware of what you have.
Psychological research proves that by practicing gratitude, you will experience remarkable improvements in your life. It has been proven when you give thanks it will make you happier, improve your health, strengthen your relationships, and make you more resilient.
Heighten Your Quality Of Life
Dr. Emmons, a psychologist at the University of California, has studied gratitude for more than ten years and is considered a world leading authority on the subject. He has written a book based on the findings he found through conducting studies on thousands of people. In one of the studies carried out by Dr. Emmons, it showed those who practice gratitude are able to increase their happiness levels by more than 25%.
Your predetermined point of happiness is set just as there is a certain weight your body feels comfortable with and what you strive to maintain. For most people, if something bad happens during their day, their happiness level drops and will then return to its natural set-point. The reverse can occur when you experience something positive, and your happiness levels rise and will then later return to your set-point. When you practice gratitude, you naturally raise your set-point and are able to remain at this higher level of happiness regardless of outside situations.
How To Exercise Gratitude
Start a gratitude exercise by listing all the negative things that are going on in your life. On the list, you’ve created start with number one and think of at least one reason you are grateful it is happening. You will be lying to yourself if there is not at least one positive thing you can credit to each negative situation. Even cases that appear bleak have a positive feature you can fit to them. One example would be if your child is sick often and it is exhausting your mental resources; you should be grateful there are good medical facilities available to help your child back to health.
Once you have your negative list, you need to begin work on your positive list. This list should include everything that is good in your life; children, spouse, siblings, anyone or anything that makes you happy. Take a look at these things on this list each day and remember why you are grateful you have them.
Make Grateful People Your Friends
There is a lot of truth to the saying that ‘you will become what your friends are.’ If you surround yourself with negative people in your life, you won’t be able to be anything less than negative yourself. You might wonder how this can affect your spiritual gratitude muscle. This process works on the same principle as how your thoughts work. If you are continuously worried about being poor and are angry about it, then that is where you end up. You will have a subliminal wish for poverty that is going to be granted.
Benefits Of Being Grateful
There are a lot of advantages to being grateful. When you start turning your negative thoughts into positive ones, this grateful alchemy is going to save your life. Instead of always worrying about what bad things can happen and then sit there until they do, you will begin trying to find solutions right away to improve yourself. The feeling of gratitude will release dopamine into your brain, so you are able to feel uplifted. This release will act as an anti-depressant.
Practicing gratitude will make you see that current problems are potential sources to be creative. For example, if you are about to lose your job, you’ll see this as a chance to change and try a career you have always wanted. It will open up the opportunity for you to become creative and finding a new career choice.
Appreciation Of Simple Pleasures
Once you’ve changed your orientation to look for things to be grateful for, you will find you have developed an appreciation for simple pleasures. Gratitude will not just be something you feel or a reaction you express when you get something you want. You need to exercise an all-the-time-gratitude and use it for little things and continuously look for the positive in any unpleasant situation. Mastering this will be much like an ultimate miracle as it will change and perhaps even save your life. Science proves to be happy is healthy, and when you’ve achieved the ability to see the positive in all areas of your life, it will make you a much happier and grateful human being.