What Gratitude Means And Why Should You Practice It In your Life?

The world is devastated with Covid-19.Many of us have lost our near and dear ones,many are fighting it.The brave souls doctors,policemen and countless others have put their lives on the line to give us safety and security. And here is my question for you “are you grateful for your life”?, “are you thankful for the safety and security that you have?”.Are you missing out on gratitude?

There is not any better time than Now to practice gratitude, to be genuinely thankful. And gratitude is much needed at times like these.

“Gratitude is not an attitude.Gratitude is something that flows out of you when you are overwhelmed by what has been given to you”.-Sadhguru

Sadhguru offers a very beautiful and different introduction to what Gratitude is, and this in article will dive even more deeper into topics revolving around Gratitude.So first let’s begin by understanding gratitude from various perspectives.

What Gratitude means?

Saying thank you

From a very simple perspective “Gratitude means being appreciative or thankful for what you have received in your life directly or indirectly”.And the simple way you and I know to express Gratitude is to say thank you. Gratitude is a very positive emotion,can lift up your mood, lessen stress and add more optimism to your life.

Well, that’s a very simple perspective but let’s take a look on gratitude from various perspectives to understand it better.

Understanding Gratitude from different perspectives.

Jaggi Vasudev popularly known as Sadhguru breaks down gratitude in a very simple way and how important role it plays in your life.

According to Sadhguru “Gratitude is something that flows out of you when you are overwhelmed by what has been given to you.”

"If we are able to see all the factors involved in making our life happen,from our breath to the food we eat , all the process that is constantly supporting us,gratitude will simply flow out of us."

Gratitude according to Havard Medical School

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives whether tangible or intangible.With gratitude people acknowledge goodness in their life.

According to Thesaurus , the synonyms for gratitude include:

  • acknowledgement
  • obligation
  • recognition
  • thanks
  • appreciativeness
  • grace
  • gratefulness
  • honor
  • indebtedness
  • thankfulness

Even knowing the synonyms can help you give more context on gratitude so that when you practice it you do it right.And we will certainly do the practice at the end.

Gratitude from a religious and spiritual perspective

Buddhism ,Christianity,Islam and Judaism are some of the major religion that practice gratitude. For example, Christians practice thanksgiving as a way of expressing gratitude towards the good things they receive.

Gautama The Buddha taught a certain technique known as Metta Bhavana or loving kindness meditation , which in fact is similar to expressing gratitude. Metta Bhavana is a popular form of Buddhist meditation.

Why is gratitude important?

Whether you know it or not, Gratitude plays a very important role in your professional and personal life. To further demonstrate my point lets have a look at what some of the most amazing people have to say on gratitude.

“MY ENERGY, EVERY SINGLE OUNCE OF IT COMES FROM GRATITUDE”

GARY VAYNERCHUK

“WHEN YOU ARE GRATEFUL, FEAR DISAPPEARS AND ABUNDANCE APPEARS”

-ANTONY ROBBINS

“GRATITUDE DRIVES HAPPINESS,HAPPINESS BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY,PRODUCTIVITY REVEALS MASTERY AND MASTERY INSPIRES THE WORLD”.

-ROBIN SHARMA

“WITH GRATITUDE FOR EVERYTHING,SUCCESS AND VICTORY WILL BE YOURS”

-SADHGURU

Gratitude uplifts your emotions and provides you with positive outlook on life. Gratitude drives happiness as said by Robin Sharma is very true indeed. The positive vibe you feel after expressing gratitude contributes towards your inner well being.

You welcome life when you practice gratitude, you are grateful that you are here safe and sound,alive and kicking.Gratitude practiced daily can help you be more productive in your professional life. Your mind works best when it is at a positive state.Gratitude helps you be in a positive state more often.

10 Benefits of practicing gratitude:

Practicing gratitude daily will improve the quality of your life in many ways :

  1. Enhanced mental health.
  2. Boosts productivity level.
  3. less stress.
  4. Decrease in anxiety and fear.
  5. Higher self esteem.
  6. You feel more positive.
  7. Better relationships.
  8. Cultivates Peaceful mind.
  9. Improves physical well being.
  10. Better sleep.

What Gratitude is not.

Before jumping right to the practice of gratitude let’s understand what gratitude is not.

Antonyms for gratitude

  • Thanklessness.
  • condemnation.
  • ingratitude.
  • censure.

Gratitude is not a selfish act rather it’s a selfless act. You don’t expect anything in return when you are truly expressing gratitude to someone .

How to practice gratitude?

When it comes to the practice of gratitude there are few things to do before hand to make the practice more effective.Gratitude is easy to practice if you meditate daily.

  1. Ask yourself “what are you grateful for your life at this moment”? No matter how difficult your life is at this moment what are you grateful for? Answer yourself.
  2. Write down at least 3 things you are grateful for, truly grateful for.
  3. The best time I prefer to practice gratitude is morning and before going to bed, you can do it any time you feel like.
  4. Find a quiet place and sit comfortably.

Now here is what you need to do.

  • Close your eyes and relax.
  • Let your awareness be on your breath for some time like 5 minutes , it calms down your mind.
  • Now bring in your the first thing you are grateful for and say thank you for whatever it is.
  • Like wise do the same with the second and the third thing you are grateful for.
  • Thank every person or thing you feel like thanking for contributing towards your well being.

You don’t need a million dollars to be grateful. Happiness does not come in possessions,it’s already within you.There are countless things to be grateful for in our lives, it’s just that we don’t realize it.

thank you doctors and nurses

In this moment I am grateful for the effort our doctors, policemen and nurses and many others have put to keep us safe. I’m grateful for the security I have received.

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