Want more from your life?
More time for yourself? More time with family? More productivity?
Well, who doesn’t? We all do. But it is only a few of us who tend to embark on that journey. What if there was an easy way to work towards these goals? Something as easy as being able to Say Thanks!
To quote – Meister Eckhart “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”
Gratitude teaches you to acknowledge the goodness in your life. Being thankful towards other things, people and experiences are associated with greater happiness. It ushers in positive emotions, helps relish good experiences, improves health and helps build strong relationships.
With this year coming to an end, let’s pause and reflect on the year gone by. Let’s take time out to be grateful and show our gratitude.
How will you start practicing gratitude?
Well, let’s start with ourselves.
1. Practice Mindfulness
Take out 15 minutes daily to practice mindfulness and show gratitude towards yourself. On most days we are criticising ourselves, let’s stop once in a while to pat ourselves and be thankful for all that we have and all that we are. Practicing mindfulness helps maintain a balance with the demands of your day to minimize stress, fear, anxiety and help you appreciate your body.
2. Spend time with Family
Spend time with those who matter. With our busy schedules and the demands of our professional lives, sometimes we tend to overlook the basics. It is important to disconnect from the digital world and be more connected with the real world. And nothing gets more real than our families.Spend quality time with your family doing things you like.
3. Write a Gratitude Journal
It is important to take time out to acknowledge and appreciate the goodness in your life. According to research by University of Dartmouth
- People who maintain journals on weekly basis are known to exercise regularly, feel better about themselves and feel more optimistic about the upcoming week
- Daily gratitude discussion help with higher reported levels of alertness, energy, and determination
- People practicing gratitude regularly are known to lower levels of stress and depression
- Practicing gratitude is known to inculcate empathy in people
Showing gratitude to yourself, writing a gratitude journal and spending time with family are all habits that contribute towards your wellbeing and happiness. Practice gratitude and be more grateful, more productive and a happier person.