I’ve made it a personal mission to stop more and smell the roses. Life is so short that it’s crazy not to do so. You’ll have a more satisfying and happy life if you stop and notice the things that matter the most.
Another way to say it is living a life with gratitude. I usually find myself most grateful when I am alone and in a setting that is quiet and peaceful. According to Transcendental Meditation™ for Women, having gratitude helps with “better sleep, increased patience, elevated happiness, more satisfaction in relationships, and better self-care.” The great Sufi poet Hafiz once said, “the words you speak become the house you live in.” In other words, what we pay attention to becomes the reality we experience more because we are appreciating it and focusing on it.
Here are a few ways you can express gratitude in your life:
- Write in a journal.
- Write a letter to someone to express your appreciation for them.
- Share your gratitude with others in real-time.
- Practice a grateful flow: set a timer and write until the time is up.
- Spend five minutes saying or thinking, “thank you.”
- Practice a gratitude reversal by observing anyone or anything you have taken for granted, and appreciate it.
There is no denying the science around gratitude and the power it can have on your life. Gratitude can increase happiness by a whopping 25% alone. Doing this every day can have astounding results on well-being. Gratitude gets us out of ourselves and our issues and focuses on the amazing things happening outside of us. I find it sad when I see people in the world who don’t’ have gratitude or show any appreciation for it. They are missing out on so much.
Ann Morin of Forbes magazine shares the following on gratitude:
- Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
- Gratitude improves physical health.
- Gratitude improves psychological health.
- Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
- Grateful people sleep better.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem.
The most grateful people are the ones I seem to gravitate toward. It can be contagious, so think of it as helping those you love. They will see a change, and everyone will become better for it. The world is full of these people, and we need more of them. Spend a little time every day contemplating what you’re grateful for — you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
After all, you have nothing to lose because it’s absolutely free. And you’ll reap immediate results.
P.S. Speaking of gratitude; my wife and I just welcomed our first granddaughter this week! We are indeed grateful.