The Importance of Gratitude

I talked about expressing gratitude in my recent blog post, 10 Mental Health Tips To Try Today. This is a topic that you will see me write about often, as I find it very important.

I think there was a point in my life where I did not express gratitude and I certainly took things for granted. After I experienced a life-changing loss, I started looking at things in my life from a much different perspective. I was forced to step back and realize what I had in front of me and what was important…

Gratitude, or how we practice it, may mean something different for everyone. A quick google search will bring up many articles and blog posts about how expressing gratitude has benefited people in their lives. We could go over all of these, but I do think that it is something that you have to experience for yourself. I am also not going to provide evidence or research- I just want you to know a few of the positive ways it has changed my life and hope that gives you the courage to try something new!

  1. GIVES YOU COURAGE.
    I have always been very timid when it came to trying new things. I have this fear of failure and judgement that for a long time, I was not able to get past. I believe that gratitude has helped me succeed and be more adventurous. I am not afraid to say, “Yes!” and try something new. Now, when I fail or do not see the results that I wanted, I am able to be grateful for the journey and the lessons learned from it.
  2. EASE DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.
    Through my own mental health journey, I have suffered from both depression and anxiety. By shifting my energy to focusing on the good things in my life, I am able to calm my anxious mind. When I am feeling depressed or anxious, I make a list of a few things that I am currently grateful for.. These are reminders of why I am here and why my life is so valuable.

 


Here is a list of 5 things that I am grateful for TODAY.

  1. The small and free pleasures in life.
    The birds chirping, the sun warming my face..
  2. My friends and family.
    For the unconditional love, support and guidance they provide me.
  3. New opportunities. 
    And not being afraid to shoot for the stars.
  4. My struggles.
    Although they may have once broken me down, I was able to build myself back stronger than ever. I wouldn’t be who I am today without having faced those struggles.
  5. The internet.
    For providing me with connections to friends and family all over the world- and letting me share my story with everyone.

 

I recommend everyone build this into their daily or weekly self-care routine. I am still working on remembering these skills but they are honestly life-changing. This is also a good reminder that nothing happens over night- don’t get discouraged and give it some time. You really have to make this into a frame of mind and practice it regularly to see and feel the results.

I find that focusing my energy on the positive things in my life, really shifts everything and everyone around me.

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of Gratitude

  1. With love, Caroline says:

    Really nice post! 😊 I like that you tell us the benefits that you found rather than other people’s or researches’ ! 😄 I started writing down what I’m grateful for recently and I see it helps me regulate my emotions and how I interact with people 😊

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  2. cmthunbe says:

    New opportunities are very important. The past has always happened and we might never be the same but that is ok. We come out the other end stronger and take on new things, continuing changing, and achieve different goals xx Best, Carly

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