We hear a lot about being grateful these days. There are even blog challenges to write about what we are grateful for each day, or month or year. But has this term become overused? I hope not!
In my post ‘Start each day with a grateful heart’, I list 10 things I’m grateful for. I also started the post by saying that sometimes life gets in the way and we forget to reflect on how fortunate we are.
When we do take a moment to reflect on the good things in our lives, most of our problems seem insignificant.
We all go through phases where we feel life is not how we want it to be – that is just being human.
I read an article In Praise of Gratitude in Harvard Health Publications from Harvard Medical School. Research suggests that
“In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
So how does being grateful help our mental health?
Here are 3 ways Being Grateful helps our Mental Health
- Reflecting on all we are grateful for takes the spotlight off us and our problems! When we feel grateful we are looking at all the positives in our lives and we feel a warm glow building inside of us.
- By showing others we are grateful for what they have done for us, improves our relationships and makes the person feel valued.
- Being grateful makes us focus on what we have – not what we don’t have.
I am grateful for many things in my life. There are the common things that most people would be grateful for such as a loving partner, family and friends, food and a warm place to sleep. However, sometimes we need to look beyond that and appreciate that we ARE ALIVE! Last year, I lost two people to cancer – my brother and a very dear friend. It is during these times that we tend to ‘take stock’ and realise that LIFE IS TOO SHORT! There are no second changes and likewise there are no guarantees in life. However, being grateful for just being alive should be at the top of our list.
We waste so much time in our lives wanting more – a better job, more money, a nicer house, a faster car and annual holidays – that life can pass us by and suddenly we are no more. Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with trying to achieve the best you can in life BUT we shouldn’t stop LIVING and ENJOYING OUR LIVES.
Try this exercise
Think of 3 things you are grateful for? Write them down and look at them when life is not being kind.Wake each morning & be thankful for the good things in your lifeClick To Tweet
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