We’ve come to the end of our gratitude series, and we’ve covered quite a bit of information. Let’s review why acknowledging, embracing, and expressing gratitude is important for healing and living a happier life. That done, I would then like to leave you with helpful ideas to tap into the power of being grateful as you move forward.
Understanding the positive psychology of gratitude
Helping others is a great way to understanding the positive psychology of gratitude. Indeed one of the most impactful ways to gain perspective and be grateful for what you have is to help others in need. For example, I am a counselor for adults with mental health problems. One of my colleague’s client, we’ll call him Jack, has a hard time connecting with other people because of his low-self esteem. The question of improving your self-esteem, to put it bluntly, comes to: do you like yourself?
Because, friends, your state of mind can have a huge impact on the personal assessment of your worth. For a deeper look into this topic I have written a post you can easily check out: Improving low self-esteem—freedom to a stronger you.
Learning About Self-Compassion and helpful tips to tap into the power of being grateful
When you start feeling for yourself what you feel for others, you can start to heal and deal with all the kick in the gut that life sometimes hits you with. In short, learning how to embrace self-compassion to feel better is the nice pay off that comes when gaining high self-esteem. Learning how to use gratitude mediations and affirmations to boost your spirit is a good way to establish that goal. Jack, mentioned above, for example, likes to say the following affirmation to start the day on a positive note:
“My mood creates a physiological response in my body. I am peaceful and positive!” This affirmation has often set the tone for Jack’s day in a very good way.
How gratitude improves socialization skills
My colleague met with Jack in order to discuss his goal to progress in the area of socialization. When he spoke to Jack concerning his gaol, Jack informed him of an encounter that he had with a few people at the local corner store. He spoke specifically of a gentleman named George who he was speaking to. Jack said his conversation with George made him feel embraced and accepted by George and the others. My colleague encouraged Jack to step out of his comfort zone and initiate more encounters like this in order to make even more progress at his goal. The result is that Jack gained so much confidence in himself that he began writing poetry as a way to feel good about himself. Thus, he now finds it easier to strike up conversations and be more social.
Uplifting your spirit with written expressions
While writing poetry is not the same as understanding how to use a gratitude journal to relieve stress, it can have the same benefits. After all, it really doesn’t matter how you express your gratitude. It’s not the particular form that’s important. What matters is the gratitude expressed in the words. A gratitude journal is just a good way to tap into the power of Being grateful.
3 helpful ideas to practice the power of being grateful
As promised I want provide you with a more in-depth list of helpful tips to tap into the power of being grateful. You can use these ideas as you move forward in creating your own routine.
Take a Gratitude Walk
Going for a walk is a great way to relieve stress and gain perspective. It offers a number of advantages. You leave your regular environment, get out in the fresh air and move away from distractions.
It’s a form of physical exercise that comes with all sorts of health benefits. Walking can even be considered a form of meditation. It’s a fabulous way to focus on gratitude. During this particular jaunt, pay special attention to the things you encounter along the way. Chances are, you’ll discover plenty to be thankful for during your walk. Here is something I’m grateful for whenever I take a walk around my town. I walk for miles without worrying about stepping on glass or a heroin needle. Unfortunately, as one of my friends pointed out to me, that is the reality of some places. I am grateful for a safe environment.
Make a Gratitude Collage
A fun way to acknowledge your gratefulness visually is to create a gratitude collage. This process works in a similar way as a vision board. You can cut out pictures from a magazine or add personal photos. Your collage can simply be laid out on a poster board or you can get more creative and decorative. You can even keep your board electronically on Pinterest or some other app. The point is to collect images that move you to consider your good fortune. It’s a good idea to put your board in a place where you can see it or access it daily. You might even want to add to it to keep its momentum going.
Hold a Friendsgiving and have fun without the stress
Friendsgiving is like Thanksgiving, only with friends and chosen family instead of biological family. This special occasion is often held in place of traditional Thanksgiving for those who don’t have family physically nearby or who aren’t emotionally close with their relatives. The nice thing is that this can be a fun activity that provides a middle ground between the formality of Thanksgiving and the chaos of a frat party.
A gratitude party or get-together can remind you of the people who are most important in your life and enhance existing bonds without the stress that is often associated with the holidays. You can watch snow fall and munch on your favorite cookies. How cool is that.
You might also want to check the following article that will give you nice tips on how to stay positive at work
This book is a self-help classic. Napoleon Hill is a pioneer in the world of “success mindset” and I would suggest that everyone who hasn’t read this checks it out.
I hope you have enjoyed this series on gratitude, and that you now look for gratitude in challenges. Yes, I know how easy it is to focus on the bad stuff. That said, there’s no need to get stuck in the negative and allow it to weigh you down. You now have helpful tips to tap into the power of being grateful. In short, you now have the information to find opportunity in problems. Thank the darkness because it helps you appreciate the light.
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