The Magical Power of Gratitude
- 20 Jan, 2019
All you need to know about gratitude, why it is so important and how to practice it on a daily basis.
We often forget the close link that exists between our unhappiness and gratitude, or rather, the absence of gratitude. When you are unhappy, downcast or unmotivated, there is a good chance that you are repeating the same action over and over again during the day: complaining.
What do you know ... complaining has allowed you to reach some noteworthy goal? Did you complain about yourself that made you find the motivation again? Has your situation changed?
Lamentation with the world has made it a better place? You will hardly change your situation if you keep complaining about it. If you want to face the problems of life with a different attitude, but you do not know where to start, it starts with doing the opposite of what has been done up to now! If you've only complained so far, it's time to practice ... gratitude.
Why we should practice gratitude
Practicing gratitude means constantly taking on an attitude of "unjustified happiness". Have you ever been happy for events or seemingly trivial situations? To appreciate a sunset, the smell of laundry or a piece of music?
This emotion is not so simple to get, especially when you feel worried, unmotivated or stressed. But there are effective techniques to "trick" our brain and force it to enter into a state of gratitude. With this shift, you will be able to see the good in you, in your life and you will be ready to accept everything coming to you as a part of a process, a part of a journey that has just begun. Let's see then how to practice gratitude on a daily basis and in practical ways.
Best 5 ways to practice the magical power of gratitude
· Keep a diary of gratitude. Keeping a personal journal can be a good opportunity to practice gratitude: every day, before going to sleep, write 3 things for which you were grateful during the day. Nothing glaring, just 3 events or situations without which your life would have been a little worse: a good meal, a stimulating chat, a little success/satisfaction, etc.
· Use your senses. Being healthy also means being able to appreciate our 5 senses. During the day focus on your ability to perceive the world around you and be grateful for: a particularly pleasant landscape (view), a piece of music that has delighted you (hearing), the smell of freshly baked bread (smell), the taste of a delicious dish (taste), the pleasant touch on your skin of the freshly washed sheets (tact).
· Remember to be grateful. Often we simply forget to be grateful. In these cases, any means is legitimate to remind us to say "thank you": use your to-do list, the wallpaper of your desktop or smartphone, or an alarm clock. It does not matter which instrument you choose, but remember them grateful.
· Repeat a mantra. A mantra is a phrase, usually short, which is continually repeated. Choose a mantra that inspires you particularly and that is able to arouse a feeling of gratitude within you and repeat it continuously throughout your day. I'm talking about simple sentences like EVERYTHING IS FINE. I AM FINE. I AM THANKFUL FOR…and something like that but I do not want to suggest any of them, because a mantra is something very personal and the same sentence that can prove very powerful for us may be meaningless to someone else.
· Find unlikely reasons to be grateful. This last technique is the most fun and certainly one of the most effective because it contrasts negative thoughts on their own field. It is often difficult to practice gratitude, especially if we have had one of those beautiful bad days from. But it is precisely in these moments that gratitude can be of particular help: think of what went wrong and all the improbable positive consequences of what you now consider a disaster.
Did you miss the train/plane/taxi/bus? Maybe you just escaped a catastrophic accident. Has your iPhone just crashed on the ground? Here is the opportunity to start a nice media diet. Use your imagination and find unlikely reasons to say thank you: if you learn to be grateful for the things that go wrong in your life, these events will have "0" power over you. Not bad, right?
The truth is that gratitude reminds us that we can be happy now and that by relying on these positive emotions we can achieve our goals much more effectively. Gratitude helps us to live our reality in a brand new way, from a brand new perspective setting our mindset and our soul to what’s next.
And amazing things are on our way!