Gratitude has been called “The mother of all virtues” It can change you and your brain. The practice of gratitude seems to encourage the development of other virtues such as patience, humility and wisdom.
Throughout history and around the world, religious leaders and philosophers have extolled the virtue of gratitude. Some have even described it as “social glue” that fortifies relationships between friends, family and romantic partners. It also serves as the backbone of human society.
But what exactly is gratitude?
Where does it come from?
Why do some people seem to be naturally more grateful than others?
And are there ways we can foster more feelings and expression of gratitude?
Scientists now understand better the biological roots of gratitude, the various benefits that accompany gratitude, the ways that people can cultivate feelings of gratitude in their day-to-day lives and its positive impact on their mental health. Recent evidence suggests that people who consciously remind themselves of their blessings tend to be much happier.
Gratitude expands consciousness and opens up doors. It creates avenues in mind where the Universe can respond, yes, yes and yes.
I have been a counselor, a therapist among other things. There is a process or intervention used by counselors and you can use it. It is called reframing. It is the process of seeing a situation differently and from a positive perspective. Challenge yourself to get good at it. It is changing the lesser for the greater.
Reframing is an important and helpful tool for us to learn to change the way we think, feel and behave to bring forth gratitude. So, whatever is going on within, it is only a thought and a thought can be changed.
for example, a teen is upset she didn’t make the girls soccer team. She could reframe it by asking herself, what positive things could come from this? Or simply saying to herself, good will open up as a result of this.
An old example with my dad when I was in business and calling him with my daily problems each morning, he would always start with, “Good morning Greg, what exciting challenges do you have today?”
Seriously!!! Make a list of what is positive in your life and let it grow. Refer to your list each morning to start your day. If you review it before sleep, you will sleep better, and your dreams will change too.
You are beginning to transform with this simple life changing process. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives, and it helps us connect to something larger than ourselves as individuals.
In the process, we recognize that the source of that goodness lies in their connection with source, life, nature and others.
Our teaching can help us achieve great benefits in shorter time frames than other approaches and helps us know there is always, always something to be grateful for. Expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better.