Grateful (Adjective: Deeply appreciative of benefits received , Thankful) A very simple, yet extremely powerful, tool.
“Today I request you to focus on what you have achieved till now rather than what you want.”
On my last blog I shared about the things which are helping. Today I’ll tell how gratitude is helping me. Before that let me tell you honestly the benefits received.
Benefits: Being gratful has helped me to feel confident, by reminding everyday myself what I am and what I have. So it cured my low self-esteem. Helped me in building better relationship as I respect people more who are in my life. I feel positive and motivated all the time because I’ve learned to say thanks!
How I Practiced Gratitude everday (My journey):
So how I started? I decided to fill a large A4 size paper by writing the things I’m grateful for. Everyday I began writing a few more items. I pushed myself to think about things I’m grateful for.
I honestly wasn’t expecting dramatic changes but thought it couldn’t hurt to try. Man was I wrong!
I began feeling much better just in few days about myself and life in general. It was amazing because soon enough I found myself hanging out in my room enjoying to some fun music and writing new words on my project. My fear of my phone started to fade, as I began putting my phone back to vibrate(because everytime it vibrated I felt panicky before) and did not cringe or experience anxiety when I’d get a notification. PROGRESS!
So now after feeling the changes I have made a habit to write at least one thing I’m grateful for. If I’m tired badly, I try to remind myself orally. But writing is more effective.
Real Challenge While Trying to Be Grateful.
It’s easy to feel grateful when things are going our way and we have the best of the best, but it’s a lot harder to feel grateful when we’re not where we want to be. So for those days push yourself to ask. If you still face issue here is the cheat sheet.
Gratitude Cheat Sheet
I’m attaching a sample Gratitude cheat sheet which may help you to practice it on hard days as it is helping me. You can find many on the internet.
You might be wondering why you should be interested in my story. Well, really the deal is about overcoming difficulties by using gratefulness practices. If I can do it anyone can do it. Gratitude is so powerful! When you sit around thinking about all that is going wrong, all that is awful, or all that you wish was different, naturally, you will feel sad or angry. But, if you spend your time thinking about all that is going well and all that you enjoy about your life, naturally you will begin to feel great! I chose to share my experience with you as an example of the power of gratitude.