The Intriguing Psychology Behind Being Thankful

There are numerous reasons why it is valuable to be thankful and grateful for the people and things in our lives.  Here’s a list of reasons why it’s meaningful to be thankful not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long!

Actually, being thankful boosts our self-esteem to be grateful for the things in our life, even if it’s something as simple as appreciating a gorgeous sunset. This principle of appreciation implies you’ll be more self-assured and less concerned about comparing yourself to others. Gratitude possesses the penetrating ability to spread like a batch of beautiful flowers embedded in the garden of our souls, and as it increases it can inspire others to want to be grateful too!

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”

-Henri Frederic Amiel

Being grateful encourages us to consider other people’s emotions, which is known as empathy (the ability to see things from another person’s perspective). Being grateful also enables us to get through difficult situations in life since we can quickly recall all of the positive aspects of our life. Being thankful can just make you happy, and happiness may help your mind, body, and internal soul stay in good shape!

Hence, thankfulness links us to something bigger than ourselves; it’s like receiving a precious gift from life. There’s always something fresh to learn and appreciate. We must keep our minds open, making a place for new happy memories rather than focusing on the negative ones.

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

-Willie Nelson

The first step in being thankful is to be grateful for what you already have. The second step is to think about what you can do for other people. The third step is to give thanks for all things big and small throughout the year. Make the first step of the year the “start of gratitude. A helpful resource is to create a thankfulness journal, to document your daily appreciation and reflect on the good things in your life. It will help you reconnect to a deeper source of joy and gratitude. A daily reminder of everything you’re grateful for can serve as an inspiring tool. Try these tips to find gratitude in your life: Start with a list of 10 things you’re thankful for. Keep it on your desk or in a close-by where you can see it frequently. Try to make a habit of writing down at least 3 things each day that you’re thankful for. Reflect on all of the positive events that occurred during the day no matter how small they may be and acknowledge how blessed you are. Try to focus on positive and uplifting memories.

“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.”

-Elie Wiesel

Therefore, being grateful begins with yourself. Most people are unhappy because they are unable to recognize their own goodness or the good that exists around them. Begin by making time for daily appreciation — give space and attention to positive events.

Processing The Pain. If we allow trials and suffering to teach us not to take things for granted, they can actually refine and deepen our gratitude. In fact, Thanksgiving, our U.S. national holiday of thanksgiving, was born and grew out of adversity. Thanksgiving was designated as a U.S. national holiday in the midst of the civil war in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, and it was to its present date in the 1930s, following the Great Depression. It is a day to reflect on and be grateful for the things in our lives, including our families, our health, our freedom, our food. It is a day to remember that our thanksgiving should be extended to each other and that we should be thankful for the common blessing of life.

Overall, seeing the positive events in our human experience has the ability to transform our perspective on living. It has the power to alter your daily view and boost your happiness. You’ll have more sentiments of fulfillment and your relationships will likely improve as a result of complaining less and appreciating more. Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving day and may the blessing of gratitude fill your life. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, and let’s remember to be grateful together. Blessings.

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