It’s not easy to practice being grateful. We’re constantly bombarded with requests, messages, meetings, and emails to answer that we barely have enough time for ourselves. We get so caught up with our busy lives that we forget to take the time and be grateful for all the blessings that we have.
When we were younger, our parents would teach us the importance of saying “thank you” whenever we were given things or if someone helped us in any way. Now, as adults, we’ve become so busy that we’ve forgotten how to acknowledge all those people who have helped us. The more we forget to show gratitude, the more we take advantage of the kindness of others.
The more we take others for granted, the bigger the distance we create between ourselves and others. In the long run, this could ruin relationships and isolate us from people who truly care about us – even though all it takes are a few seconds and two simple words to make everything better.
There’s no better way to change things than by starting today. Studies show that practicing gratitude is not only good for your mental health, but for your physical health as well. It has the ability to lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. Here’s how you can start:
1) Say “Thank You” to anyone who does anything for you.
Whether it’s simply holding the door open for you or giving you that last cookie, you should find ways to express gratitude for the smallest things. It will become a habit in no time!
2) Make a list.
Make a list of individuals who you’d like to thank. Whether it’s for something that they’ve done for you in the past or if their presence is meaningful in your life, show them your appreciation.
3) Write a note.
Taking the time to write a “thank you” note shows that you are really dedicated to acknowledging someone for their time or their thoughts. The fact that you have taken the time to personally craft a message of gratitude shows that you truly mean it.
By incorporating gratitude into our daily lives, we strengthen our bond with others. This in turn will help us grow mentally, spiritually, emotionally and cultivate the habit of gratitude in others as well.