It is important that we develop gratitude in our lives to serve as our foundation, but in this post I want to explain in more detail WHY gratitude is so important for us. What does it lead to?
By this point, you are probably aware that gratitude is important in our lives and that we should all try to practice it as much as we can. But why? Why is it so important for us to have a grateful mindset? What does it do for us in our daily lives?
In this post, I want to explain how gratitude is connected to other aspects of our life. It helps us with 3 main things which I will explain in detail below:
To overcome adversity
To become happier
To value time
Hopefully after reading this, you'll realize that gratitude leads to so much more. Being grateful is a start, but that's not where it ends. Use gratitude to fuel other aspects of your life!
1. Overcoming Adversity
When we are grateful for things in our life, we tend to react better to stressful situations. We deal with tragedy better. We overcome obstacles.
"Gratitude blossoms from loss."
It isn't until we lose someone close to us, we get fired from a job, or we fail at something in our lives, that we realize how blessed we really are. To have known that person, or to have had that job, or the simple fact that we have the ability to learn from our mistakes; that we get to try again and grow.
Gratitude helps us to overcome the challenging situations we are faced with. It is important that we have gratitude as our foundation, but now you might begin to understand why. It is root of so much more. Overcoming adversity is one branch on our gratitude tree.
2. Becoming Happier People
How does gratitude make us happier?
When we are grateful, we have a better outlook on life. Gratitude requires us to develop a positive mindset. It helps us to see the good instead of the negative. We are able to turn negative situations into positive ones when we have this outlook on life. We appreciate what we have, and the people around us a little bit more. We start to re-wire our brains. It's these small changes in the way we view the world around us that lead to major mental health gains.
"Grateful people are happy - it's not the other way around."
3. Valuing Time
We so often complain about not having enough time in our lives to do things. We are busy working and taking care of our families and before we know it, it's time to hit the pillow. Our day ends and we wake up the next morning on repeat.
We don't have time ...
The problem is, we don't MAKE time. If there is something you really want to do, you should make time for it. Now, more than ever before in our lives, we have time. Most people are at home. Whether you are out of a job or working from home, a lot more of our time is spent at home. We can't go out places to eat, or shop, or workout. Everything is on pause.
So why not enjoy it?
Enjoy the time you get to spend with your family, or in solitude. Enjoy the time you get to work on home projects, or clean, or read, or cook meals.
We often under value time. It keeps moving forward and we don't pay attention to it.
So... during this pandemic especially, center your focus on time.
Be aware of it. Appreciate it. Embrace it.
Thanks for reading,