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6 Benefits of Being Grateful Every day in Life

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Gratitude is very important in our lives. In this article, you will get to know six interesting you stand to gain for being grateful in life.

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There is a popular say that “there is a reward for every good deed” and being grateful is not an exception.

Being grateful in life is crucial when it comes to the human race. Not just to those at the receiving end, but also to the person who shows it.

In life, little things we think don’t matter do. Sometimes more important than the bigger things we thought were more important.

Big things come from little things we do, and while they may be great, they are still things you need to grow to live a more fulfilling life.

Let’s start with the power of gratitude then we can proceed to the benefits of being grateful.

The power of gratitude

Gratitude has the power to affect our health positively.

Being grateful affects our health by activating parts of our rest-and-digest and relaxing part of our central nervous system.

These occurrences help to decrease levels of cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and lowering blood pressure.

As a result of that, it makes grateful people happier as they look at life from the positive side instead of the negative side.

Another power of gratitude is that it affects the brain – in a positive way too.

When you show gratitude often, dopamine increases in your brain. This dopamine forces your brain to seek more of something good.

For example, when someone does something nice, it’s that level of dopamine that forces you to encourage the person to do such again.

Something like, “wow! This is great! I would appreciate it if you do this often.”

In other words, the more grateful you are, the more you find things to be grateful for. That is super!

The root of gratitude brings joy and makes you pleased with those things in your life and what someone did for you.

Not to mention, gratitude can change your life when its power and all of its benefits begin to fall in place.

Gratitude can make you feel relieved and in peace with your soul. It can also make you feel happy, even when you are down.

Gratitude examples

Here are the basic examples of gratitude you should know about:

  • Be grateful for the people and things you have in your life
  • Look at more of the positives
  • Embrace things that uplift and motivate you
  • Get used to thankful words
  • Count your blessings every day
  • Let gratitude reflect in your attitude
  • Appreciate your present and future

Let’s now take a look at sentences examples on how these basic gratitude examples are used:

  • I have sincere gratitude for the people and things in my life
  • Have gratitude for the good things, irrespective of your challenges
  • The gratitude I have for that blog can’t stop me from reading its articles.
  • Accept my undying gratitude for what you did for me.
  • Your kind acts show your gratitude for what you have
  • He has gratitude for what he has now and yet to have.

Gratitude quotes and how being grateful works

These quotes will explain more on gratitude:

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” – Anthony Robbins

“Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted, and it is present-oriented.” – Sonja Lyubomirsky

“Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.” – Eckhart Tolle

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus

These are just a few gratitude quotes though, but they are beneficial to this article.

The above quotes can uplift and bring you peace of mind anytime you are going through difficult times.

But gratitude, on the other hand, just has to be practiced. The more you practice it, the more it becomes a part of you.

Read also : How to Be grateful in Life And to Everyone

Benefits of being grateful every day in life

Here are six benefits of being grateful.

1. It opens doors of Opportunities

Human beings love appreciation, and you can never tell when they will be willing to offer something bigger, just for how appreciative you were.

Also, when you are that kind of person with an attitude of gratitude, you will be able to pass subtle hints to people.

The hint you could be passing across to them is that you had to love anything they can do for you, no matter how little it may seem.

As such, when they do something kind to you and you show gratitude, they are likely to come again with bigger ones.

You can also benefit from people showing the will to help you as a result of developing a better relationship by being grateful.

This is because being grateful uplifts your mood makes you cheerful, loving, and welcoming to others.

It is also important to know that the more grateful you are for what you have, the more you naturally give room for more.

Remember that sometimes, opportunities can come in certain ways you can’t explain.

Some of these opportunities come from how others perceive you, but it can be hard to know.

2. It helps you to be happy

Troubles and challenges in life are things you can’t escape.

They will be there, even after you think you have managed to settle one, another one will be around waiting.

However, knowing fully well that troubles and challenges will always be there, there is no way you won’t have people or things in your life you aren’t grateful for.

In that case, instead of looking at the negatives only, you should prioritize looking at the positives rather.

Take your time to show your habit of gratitude towards those positive things and people in your life.

Don’t mind how little you think they are, you just have to put your happiness first.

By mastering the habit of showing gratitude, it will help to stabilize your mood, because you no longer only look at the negatives, but more of the positives.

Even good friends you have in your life is enough reason to show gratitude.

Of course, there is no way you can be sad about the great things you have in your life.

So look around you to show that gratitude that will boost your happiness.

You shouldn’t give excuses for not finding any, because if you look around very well, you will find one.

If you think you can’t find any, consider how important it is for you to be happy, that will push you to search deep.

3. People perceive you as a good person

You don’t necessarily need to live your life to please others, but it pays when people can perceive you as a good person.

Being seen as a good person is also a determinant of how people will trust you.

It is also known that people who are trusted tend to be more focused and content in general.

However, this is not something that others can think about you in opposition to people who always show gratitude.

That is why people can trust and hand things to grateful people to take care of, knowing they are contented people.

Apart from people perceiving you as a good person, mastering the habit of gratitude will help to ensure you are not self-centered, selfish, or uncontented.

If you can be grateful for the little things you have in your life, you will barely do the wrong things that can make people question your acts.

So a grateful heart towards people won’t harm, rather it will result in a positive outcome.

4. It guarantees a safer life

Grateful people barely falls into the trap of doing things that could put their life at some risk.

Gratitude reflects how contented you are and how hopeful you are while you work towards your expectations.

Also, as people perceive you as a good person together with how grateful you are towards them, they will be more committed to having your back at all times.

That is a reciprocal act to being grateful though, but on a more serious note, the more grateful you are, the less you fall into certain life traps.

Those life traps are just around the corner seeking an opportunity to lure you into them.

Nevertheless, these live traps are never ready to slow down, not even in your comfort zone.

So the best you could do is to make use of that attitude of gratitude to subdue those life traps.

It only gets better when you learn to put a smile on your face and be grateful for everything you can think of.

Be it your life, your friends, your family, or any other thing. Show gratitude and remember that there are also positive things in your life.

Also, if you appreciate life for all it has brought you, life in return will keep being great to you.

5. It tells how people react to you

Human beings are also said to react towards others, based on the impression they have about that person.

Therefore, if people can perceive you as a good person and appreciate your attitude of gratitude, then they will more likely react to you in more decent ways.

The degree of how good or bad people react to you also depends on how they perceive you.

The more active you get with passing to others your attitude of gratitude, the more they reason with you accordingly.

Whether they are reacting to you about a mistake you made or something great you have done, it will all be in reasonable ways.

They have come to understand that you don’t have any negative motive for your actions

This is something that your attitude of gratitude has resulted in.

Most times, people don’t mean how they treated you, how you show gratitude towards them warranted how they treated you.

That is why being grateful for life and the people you have in your life is a good deal.

6. It helps to lesson life burdens

To reduce burdens in life, it starts with realizing that there are things you don’t have control over.

In that case, it has started with you being grateful for things working well and hoping that those you don’t have control over gets better.

Showing gratitude will put you in a better position to learn not to carry those burdens and just feel happy and live happily.

Of course, it may seem hard to get over those burdens, but without looking at those things you value in your life, you will only give room for those things you don’t value.

It is important to know that showing gratitude will also reduce how long you carry those burdens.

If you cannot appreciate the little good things already taking place, the more bad ones will be too hard on you.

Count your blessings as often as you can every day, and give prior attention to the things matter.

Wrap up

Showing gratitude has its benefits, even though nobody thinks it does.

It is powerful. It affects the health positively and stimulates the brain to appreciate and encourage repetition of good deeds.

Apart from its benefits, it also can change your life, as long as you act in the right way repeatedly.

Its benefits only come as a result of the role you play in the actualization of it.

That means for its benefits to take place, your effort is much needed.

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