This one is so big for me, and I know is a big topic everywhere. You see journals that focus on gratitude, you hear podcasts about it, you can buy books about it, but why is it so important to live that life of gratitude? Lets dive in!
First and foremost, I believe that we have so much to be grateful for in this world, no matter what the circumstances we live in. Yes, some people have more money than others, and yes, some people come from different backgrounds than others, but when it comes down to it, we are human beings. Like one of my favorites Gary Vaynerchuk says, “400 trillion to 1.” That’s the probability that you are here, living, breathing, on this planet. That is pretty extraordinary when you think about it.
That being said, on a smaller scale, we have so many things to be grateful for in our lives. If we have a family, a roof over our head, food on the table, someone who loves us, a job, a car, money, our health, and on and on the list could go. Yet I think that for some reason we get caught up in the minutia of our every day lives, that we forget to stop and take a minute to really think of all the things we can be grateful for.
A friend bought this idea to my attention about 3 years ago. He said that every day when I wake up, I should say three different things I am grateful for each morning. At first I thought, yeah that sounds nice, but I’m not really sure that’s going to make any sort of difference in my life as a whole. Wow was I wrong!
When I started doing this, not only did I start my morning in a positive mental mindset, I also started to notice things in my everyday life I was grateful for out in the world. I’d meet a really nice person, and just be so grateful that I got a chance to connect and make a new friend. I’d go volunteer and be so grateful that I have an opportunity to go impact the lives of others. Even to the point where I would get gas and just be so grateful that I had money to fill my gas tank, let alone that I had a car (that works too!)
Once I started noticing the outward effects of gratitude, I started looking to see if it had any positive psychological/biological affects as well. I couldn’t believe how much simply having gratitude in your life can affect your health. According to Forbes, people that exhibit gratitude have better overall health, it decreases negative feelings such as envy and resentment, it enhances empathy and reduces aggression, improves self esteem, and even helps you sleep better! Something as simple as learning to take the time to be grateful every day can have this kind of impact on a persons overall quality of life.
So I challenge you, for the rest of the week, every morning, to get up and say three things that you are grateful for, and see what effects that it can have on your mood and overall day. Also, while you are out living your life, stop and take a moment to be grateful for something that you may have otherwise overlooked throughout your busy day. Because when you start to become a more grateful person, the quality of your life and the doors that will open up for you will increase exponentially.
If you are looking for books on how to foster gratitude, I would highly recommend “Gratitude” by Oliver Sacks. It can also be found on Audible as well. If you’re more into Youtube, I will always and forever recommend Gary Vaynerchuk. Never in my life have I heard someone describe what gratitude is and does as well as him. Others that do a great job talking about gratitude are Rachel Hollis, Lori Harder, and Ryan Serhant.
I would love to know in the comments below if this is something you practice in your everyday life, and if so, what are some things that you are grateful for? I am very grateful to be able to add value to you in any way that I can, and that you took the time to read this blog. Thank you so much for your continued love and support.