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How to Be Grateful For Life Everyday Like You Mean it

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Knowing how to be grateful is a good thing. It also has lots of benefits. In this article, you will get to know several ways you can use to show gratitude.

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To be honest with you, there are numerous reasons for someone to be grateful.

But despite this, some people may not know exactly how to portray this trait even though they’re aware of how positive it is.

Sure, it’s one thing to be willing to show gratitude and it’s another to know how to show it.

That’s why some people have been struggling to figure out how they can actually be grateful.

If humans choose not to be grateful in life, the existence of life itself will simply be defeated.

Do you know that showing proper gratitude has its own benefits?

That’s right. If you’re grateful for people and for life, you will also attract lots of benefits.

One benefit you get from showing gratitude is the open doors of opportunities and the creation of better life fortunes.

Ironically, your level of gratitude to people and life says, “I really appreciate what you do, and I don’t regret it, so I don’t mind you being so kind to me often.”

What does it mean to be grateful?

First, what does it mean to be grateful?

To be grateful means a deep or warmly thankfulness and gratitude appreciative of benefits or kindness you receive, that is agreeable, welcomed, and pleasing to the mind and senses.

When someone is grateful for you, the person is being thankful for having you in his or her life or being thankful for something you did to help him or her.

In relation to that, a person who tends to be grateful is often referred to as having a grateful heart.

To have a grateful heart means having a loving heart, and the heart becomes grateful due to past experience of being ungrateful.

Also, gratitude is known to be a virtue because you choose to embrace it, rather than relenting from it.

The virtue of gratitude is that which you can’t request or demand, you can only give it. Whether in the comfort zone or not.

In addition to that, gratitude is a character trait and an emotion. It is a feeling of happiness you get from appreciation.

You can appreciate someone by:

  • Being empathetic
  • Saying “I love you”
  • Involving them
  • Complimenting them
  • Showing gratitude

The ways you can say gratitude to someone is by using the words of gratitude appropriately.

These words of gratitude are:

  • Thanks.
  • Thank you.
  • I am indebted to you.
  • Dinner was delicious.
  • I appreciate you.
  • You are an inspiration.
  • I am grateful.
  • You are a blessing

Some synonyms of gratitude are appreciation, thankful, acknowledge, recognition, honor, and credit.

Why we should show gratitude

I would like to start by telling you that gratitude is so powerful. Kind of the power of gratitude. Here’s why:

It strengthens your emotions, and as a result, it gives you happier memories, good feelings, reduces envy, and coping with stress.

In other words, being grateful is important because it strengthens your emotions to have happier memories, good feelings, controlling envy, and stress.

Also, scientifically, it has been proven that real gratitude often guarantees better health.

The health features it impacts positively on are our quality of sleep, immune system, and cardiovascular bundles.

Other reasons why we should be grateful pertains relationship with people and how it eases life challenges in general.

With this, it can also help you to be more focused on whatever you do.

Note that irrespective of why we should show gratitude, a reason not to show it is not an excuse because there are always lots of reasons to do so.

Big things to be grateful for

If you say “Myself”, you’re not wrong at all. But that is not the only aspect you can be grateful for.

Sure, you’re amazing, you’re great, you love and care, but how about other BIG things you are missing?

Being grateful for yourself is great, but I had rather say it’s the basic, though before all others.

What are those other BIG things to be grateful for? Here they are:

  • Family and friends
  • Health
  • Nice people you have
  • You overcome obstacles
  • You are alive
  • Fun of life
  • You eat
  • You drink water
  • Your house

Here are some of the great gratitude quotes:

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness.”

“Good gratitude turns what we have into enough.”

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.”

Read also: 6 Benefits of Being Grateful Everyday in Life

How to be grateful

Gratitude is a true virtue and it can never be defeated.

That’s why it makes real sense to say that we should form a habit of it.

Having known what it means to be grateful, why and what to be grateful for, let’s now jump into the how-to.

1. Show attitude of gratitude

The first way to be grateful is for it to strongly reflect in your attitude.

You can hardly show gratitude if it doesn’t reflect on how you portray your attitude towards others and life as a whole.

When we were kids, if we ask our parents to buy something for us and they do, our reactions showed we were grateful for what they did.

However, if mum and dad hadn’t bought it but gave us excuses, oops – our behavior alone could tell we didn’t like how we felt.

Real gratitude must reflect on how you treat others, approach things, and how you behave.

It’s not possible for one to be grateful and act like he or she is in disgust with everything that happens around the person.

When you look around, you can tell that you always find one or two things to be grateful for.

The air you breathe is enough reason to let you show sincere attitude of gratitude.

But showing real gratitude mustn’t be loud. You can show how grateful you are from your behavior.

You can ask everyone what they think about you and your level of gratitude, what you hear will determine your attitude of gratitude.

If you hear more negative thoughts about it, you know you’re aren’t getting right yet.

2. Practice it daily

If you practice it daily, it will become a habit.

In that case, you will need to make sure you put in enough effort to ensure you keep practicing it.

That’s another way you can get used to showing it. Let it be a part of you every time and everywhere.

At first, it may seem hard to keep up with, but with good discipline, it will be much easier.

Supposing it gets difficult though, with discipline, you will stick with it no matter how hard it may seem.

Many people don’t seem to understand what real gratitude actually means.

However, they would have been able to know what it means and how to show it if they had practiced it daily.

That’s because gratitude is not something that you can actually portray if you don’t let it become a part of you.

No matter how little you think you practice it, don’t let it die. Let it grow instead.

The little aspect of gratitude you show is going to transform into greater ones with time, as long as you keep practicing.

Just as practice makes perfect, if you form a habit of doing it daily purposely, you will end up doing it forever subconsciously.

3. Find out things you are grateful for

As long as we live, there are always things to show gratitude for.

If you don’t look past your worries and troubles and look for things to be grateful for, you may have a hard time trying to show gratitude.

The problem is that you will barely be able to find things that you can show gratitude for.

Little worries without being positive could make you get caught up with troubles, that it becomes hard to find things to be grateful for.

Whether those are things in your life, your family, or friends, be grateful for them.

As long as it’s something that makes you glad and makes you think of how precious life is, it’s worth your gratitude.

Being grateful for every little thing makes you prone to showing gratitude.

So, you will need to give up things that troubles you, then you will discover that finding out those things to show gratitude won’t be hard.

Nobody wakes up in the morning without having something he or she is grateful for.

So the easy task is to simply search deep, think, and come with things to be thankful for.

Remember that for you to really appreciate people in your life, first, you have to appreciate everything that goes on in your life.

4. Appreciate everyday

Every day is another opportunity for you to grow yourself and correct those things you wanted to get right.

That’s why you should appreciate everyday of your life.

The more you take every day of your life as a privilege and an opportunity to improve yourself, the more appreciative you’ll be.

A simple thanks for life, a smile, and thoughtful acts throughout the day could go a long way in showing how you appreciate your days.

To become appreciative of every day, it also requires your ability to keep pushing in life, and not letting little things get in the way.

Live the days you get with value so that you would be able to show gratitude every day.

Of course, many hope to see another day, but they didn’t have the opportunity to do that.

Just like you already know that every day is an opportunity to improve yourself, this opportunity is given to you for free and so it requires your gratitude

Every day is a day to be thankful for, despite any challenge that may come with it.

5. Appreciate people

You should not just appreciate people only when they do you a favor.

Sometimes, loved ones, real friends, and well-wishers in your life are enough to appreciate people.

If you really understand that real friends are a blessing, then you would understand how important they’re in your life.

In that case, they’re worth saying thank you for being a real friend or thank you for being in my life.

However, if you can’t find ways to say it though, then it should reflect in your actions and attitude.

Simple respect for those real friends in your life really goes a long way to show you appreciate them.

Maybe you choose to do a favor or surprise them once in a while – any of them can go – as long as you do it sincerely.

The same thing applies to your loved ones. If you don’t appreciate them, you may be left with no one to appreciate.

It’s also important you know that appreciating people in your life energizes you as well.

They will sense the appreciation and return the same.

Remember to use your gratitude words just as it was earlier stated. They should be used appropriately when it requires one.

It pays to appreciate people. As you do this, not only do you show your gratitude, you benefit from it as well.

6. Look at your present through the eyes of your future

The future is bright and definitely has a lot to give, greatness to bring, and lots of achievements to present.

In that case, it requires you to look at your present through what the future holds in store for you.

In case you have been looking for hope somehow, doing this often is sure to give you some hope.

Picture it on your mind. Picture how great you know your future is going to be, and let it occupy your mind every day in the present.

That way, you would be willing to show gratitude for every day, knowing that you’re alive and getting closer to better days.

You may not be there yet, but you’re closer than you were yesterday.

It’s understandable how well you know the words of gratitude, but you barely use them because of the situation on board.

But you need to help yourself get over that by looking at your present through the eyes of your future.

Wrap up

Knowing how to show gratitude is something very important to know.

To be grateful correlates with deep or warmly thankfulness and gratitude appreciative of benefits or kindness you receive, that is agreeable, welcomed, and pleasing to the mind and senses.

It strengthens your emotions and gives positive impacts to your health, all as a result of doing it often.

There are always things to show gratitude for. Being grateful for yourself is great, but there are also BIG things to be grateful for.

Getting all of these sorted out will help you on how to go about with showing gratitude every day.

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