If you’re feeling drained by expecting or fearing adverse outcomes, try to change your perspective by choosing to live a life of gratitude. When life’s challenges seem to be all around you, it’s easy to give in to negative thoughts. As humans, we’re wired to look ahead to the future, and we may perceive it as bleak even when it’s not. If you’re feeling drained by expecting or fearing adverse outcomes, try to change your perspective by choosing to live a life of gratitude.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GRATEFUL?
Being grateful means taking a look at what’s around you. To indeed open your eyes to everything that you can be thankful for, even if it’s small things at first. Gratitude helps us get rid of toxic emotions by anchoring us in everything that’s positive in our lives. Don’t take it for granted that you woke up this morning, that you can hear the singing birds and see the sky. Practice with a few minutes every day to focus on the things you appreciate in your life.
When chaos starts knocking on your door, it’s hard to keep a positive outlook. Usually, only time gives us enough perspective to find something positive in a bad experience. But even that doesn’t happen on its own. Keep in mind that there’s always something to be grateful for, also when things get chaotic and stressful. Take it as an experience you’ll grow and learn from. When you come out of it stronger, you’ll see that in the end, you were able to turn it into something positive for yourself.
BENEFITS OF PRACTICING GRATITUDE
Studies show that writing gratitude letters can help improve mental health and it also has long-term effects on our brain. With the connection between gratitude and altruism, it has been determined that people who practice gratefulness also tend to give more to the community (and feel great about it!)
Living life in gratitude can make your day-to-day experiences so much more pleasant. It will teach you to appreciate what you have every second of the way, and help you find a positive outlook even when life gets painful.
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