Maybe you want to have the key to happiness and success. A little something that would bring you so much! Well, good news: this is nothing new nor secret, and you’ve already heard it. Gratitude is the real key to happiness and success. Much is written and spoken about gratitude, and that’s good. A daily practice will only bring you lasting and great benefits. But many people do not know how to be grateful in everyday life.
There are those who don’t believe that gratitude is really so powerful. They think that you need somebody or something else to be happy. More money, a better job, a perfect unconditional love just like that from magazines … In fact, all these are not a requirement for happiness and will not make you happier. Gratitude on the other hand has the power to help you achieve all that you want:
I read a lot about it and I have long been practicing gratitude. At first I did not pay attention to what I’m grateful for, and I didn’t fully express that appreciation. After a while I noticed a small but pleasant change in my mood. The more I paid attention to what I was grateful for, the more I enjoyed this particularly pleasant feeling. Not happiness and joy as when something important happens to us or when you achieve an important goal. No, it was more of a quiet pleasant feeling. And it can become permanent.
Writing Down Your Gratitude
Write down some reasons you’re grateful for. It significantly enhances the effects. After some days of writing, you will start to feel this intense happiness and a fine sense of something more. Peace, satisfaction, focus, confidence … .Some mix of it all. Very unusual and special.
Write down what you appreciate in a Word document, or write it by hand, in a special, beautiful book. Again, a pleasant surprise. More comfortable feeling, much closer to your heart than when you just think about it.
Every day, write down five things for which you are grateful. Every day I write that I am grateful for life and for good health. In addition, you could write down some “small” daily gratitudes like that “I’m grateful for a smile that someone had sent”. There are no rules, and it is impossible to write the wrong gratitude. Over time, the more thanks you write, the more ideas will come up. So you will have more reasons and opportunities for appreciation.
Several times I stopped with the recording, believing that I rehearsed enough and that I should not write more. It didn’t happen to be a big deal! I still have the habit of noticing opportunities for appreciation. I still have the habit of expressing it, with everyone and in every occasion. However, now I restart writing down only when gratitude begins to miss. When I miss this key to happiness.
Gratitude When It’s Tough
It’s easy to be thankful when you got everything right. My life is not perfect and has never been, and I do not know anybody who has it. But I know some people who are unhappy while not having major problems but a relatively ok life. They simply don’t see it and don’t know how to appreciate it.
So is it possible to feel and practice gratitude in times of trouble? When you do have real problems? Yes, it’s possible. When you do not know what to do and the situation seems hopeless, you could always do something to support and empower yourself. Be grateful for your family, health, for all you know to do and all the opportunities that has ever appeared for you. Sometime, if not now, but they did. When someone is ill, they can be grateful for all the healthy cells and organs in their body. This is certainly better than despair!
Gratitude is not running away from problems
You have enough now to illustrate how gratitude is useful in everybody’s life and how it can help. This is not only my experience. Many people can attest that the practice of being grateful, even in the most difficult moments, is a great key to happiness.
Of course, it is not enough just to practice gratitude and expect to get a problem solved. It is also necessary to do your best to solve the problem and to overcome obstacles. Identify the problem and then direct yourself toward the solution.
Gratitude shifts your focus, improves your mood, and has a positive effect on the immune system. People and studies keep telling you that gratitude is good for you. Now the question is: when do you start being grateful? Let’s hope that your answer is NOW.