Mindfulness

A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way: The Importance of Gratitude

Today I listened to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Law of Attraction Changed My Life, and it was all about the need for and importance of gratitude. I’ve been trying to be more grateful for the great things I have, but it all somehow boils down to me lying down to sleep, mentioning 3-4 things while dozing off and – that’s it.

And while something is certainly better than nothing, this morning I was inspired to do it a bit differently from now on. Namely: with more intention, and while appreciating every single thing I’ve been taking for granted all my life.

Importance of Gratitude and Appreciation: Why do They Matter?

Numerous studies have showcased the importance of daily gratitude. It’s been shown that people who adopt an attitude of gratitude feel better and are able to deal with challenging situations a lot more easily than those who don’t. And it does make sense! If two people experience getting fired, but only one of them says: “I’m grateful I got this opportunity and learned many things. I am grateful to have some free time now, and a chance to find something better. I still have a home, my family, and friends, all of whom support me, and I feel so blessed”, it’s only natural that person will bounce back more quickly. Sure, they’ll feel sadness and disappointment, but also a sense of excitement. Meanwhile, someone who doesn’t understand the importance of gratitude will only focus on the bad side of things, finding it harder to focus on the future.

Being Grateful is Simple

One thing that stayed with me from this morning’s podcast is how simple it is to be grateful once you get into the habit. For example, chances are you’re reading this on your phone or tablet – be grateful that they allow you a window into the world. If you’re sitting covered with a warm blanket, say “thank you, blanket, for making my evenings warm and cozy.” Are you drinking something nice while reading this? Be grateful for that sip of coffee, tea, or whatever it is you enjoy.

Bottom line is, there are so many things we take for granted day after day, that we simply – shouldn’t. Our lives, our present, and our future will be much better if we properly appreciate them.

In order to practice what I preach, I decided to make two lists of things I’m grateful for. One is the everyday things I’ve been taking for granted for years, and the second is about my current circumstances. The importance of a gratitude journal cannot be overstated, so here’s my entry for the day.

I am Grateful For…

This laptop which allows me to work and indulge in my hobbies.
The grapes I am eating right now, which are so tasty and healthy.
Every sip of warm coffee I get to drink in a day.
This comfortable couch and warm, fluffy blanket.
Spotify, which allows me to listen to and discover such great music and learn so much with various podcasts.
Netflix, where I discovered Workin’ Moms today.
My cat, who came to us out of the blue and enriches our lives every day.
My baby being healthy and active, allowing me to enjoy my pregnancy, relax and bond with him every day.
My husband, who is so thoughtful and makes my bed rest bearable.
My mom, who calls me each morning to check up on me and reassure me.
My job, which is so flexible that I get to continue to work normally despite this new situation.
My friend, who decided to make cookies for me and bring them during the weekend.
The extra time I now have for my blog, Pinterest, and reading books.

I encourage you to do this right now: write a list of things you’re grateful for, and you’ll instantly feel so much better. Count your blessings, keep it up, get to know the importance of gratitude, and it may just change your life.

Jelena
Jelena

A 27-year-old married mom-to-be, trying to have it all. I have a full-time job I enjoy, a home I’m in love with, and plenty of hobbies I try my best to have the time for. A psychologist by vocation, with the goal of helping young women live their best lives.

9 Comments

  1. Lovely post! There’s so much to be thankful for when we really take the time to look for them. I myself am grateful for being able to just breathe. Being in this perspective really helps me get through my day easier. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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