A World Without Racism is Grateful

Developing an Attitude for Gratitude

Many of us want to live a happy and fulfilled life, but this can be challenging with the constant stress and worry we face in our everyday lives. It can be easy to focus on the things that worry us, and at times it becomes hard to identify the good in our lives. Even though we may feel overwhelmed, there is so much we have to be grateful for. Developing an attitude of gratitude can bring many benefits to our well-being, relationships, and health. In the journal published by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, it states that gratitude was also correlated with stress, and gratitude has shown to lead to decreasing levels of stress over time. Hence, developing an attitude of gratitude can help us in many aspects of our life. Developing an attitude of gratitude does not happen overnight, and it is the accumulation of practices we incorporate into our everyday lives. After identifying that gratitude brings benefits to our well being, relationships, and health by reducing stress levels, we can look at ways in which we can develop an attitude of gratitude:

  • Focus on the positive. To practice gratitude, we need to focus on the good things in our lives. By seeing the positive in our lives, we will realize how much we have to be grateful for. In particular, journaling the positive things, even the small, simple triumphs, will be a good step to include in our morning or evening routines. Journaling will allow us to reflect and, in turn, be more grateful. In addition to journaling the positive things, we can benefit from being around other positive people as this will help us better identify the good in our lives. 
  • Be grateful for the little things. At times it can be challenging to identify the good in our life. Hence, it is necessary to pay attention to even the little things. The little things in our lives can make an impact, and it is essential to acknowledge them. This is especially true during those times when we are facing hardships. Examples can include being grateful for a sunny day or having a bed to sleep in. 
  • Keep a balance. Although it is relevant to look at the good and show gratitude, it is just as important to do the same with the negative aspects or challenges. It is possible to acknowledge the negative aspects while we remain grateful. Expressing gratitude can help us have the right mindset to face any challenges that may arise. Try to see what beneficial things come out of your hardships, such as learning a valuable lesson, and be grateful for the growth it has fostered within you.
  • Patience. There will be times and situations that will make it hard to stay positive and to notice the good things. It takes time to develop an attitude of gratitude, but by constantly practicing gratefulness, you can be on track to do so. Understand that it is ok not to be positive all the time as life has its ups and downs, but it is important to be optimistic and grateful overall.

What other ways do you spread the gratitude philosophy? Please click here to share your ideas, we’d all love to learn more ways to be grateful! Take care and stay connected.