If you are a part of the spiritual community you know that gratitude is super important. But why is it like this and how can it help you?
First of all, gratitude is not something you have to focus on in order to please the Universe or The Creator. The Universe simply works in certain ways and by becoming aware of these, you can utilize it.
You might heard the saying “As above so below” which is the idea that what happens in a higher realm of existence also happens in a lower realm.
If you’ve given a child a gift, you likely observed the joy and happiness it brought about. This, most likely reinforced your desire to give that child more gifts. It is somehow the same with the Universe but it happens at a vibrational level. When we are grateful, it increases our vibration which in turn makes us a match to more positive experiences and circumstances. It can also be perceived as expressing gratitude is a way to let the Universe know what we want more of.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude simply means to appreciate and value what you have. This can be everything from a beautiful flower on your way, a friendly person, lucky circumstances, material things, family, etc. It doesn’t really matter what it is. If it is big or small. It is about the feeling of gratitude for something being a part of your life experience.
Benefits of Gratitude
By appreciating the positives in your life, and feeling gratitude, you tap into a powerful tool – in line with a healthy diet, exercise, and other positive lifestyle choices. It affects your whole system and has a lot of benefits including:
- Increased Optimism
- Higher Self-Esteem
- Easier to connect positively with people
- Increased Serotonin and Dopamine Levels
- Better Sleep
- Improved Digestion
- Reduces Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
- A generally better foundation for interacting with the world around you
Further, finding and appreciating things to be grateful for will greatly improve how easy it is to manifest things into reality. To learn more about manifestation, please refer to this article: What is Manifestation – An Extensive Guide to Manifestation.
How to Practice Gratitude?
Focusing on gratitude is something that can be trained and something you can implement in your life.
You can rewire your brain to make it a part of how you think. To see and appreciate the beauty in life and in various situations.
A popular way to do this is through a Gratitude Journal.
Find a notebook and make it your gratitude journal. Then make it a daily basis habit to write down things you are grateful for. This will move your focus towards things you value and make you reflect on them. You will soon realize that it feels great and lifts your mental state.
This exercise will also cultivate your brain’s ability to recognize the positive aspects of your life. With time, it becomes a natural habit. A very healthy habit with a positive impact on your well-being, health, and mental attitude.
Gratitude is not about suppressing the bad things in your life and only focusing on the positive. That would indeed be a very unhealthy practice that could backfire. We all face bad circumstances and headwinds. That is a part of life on Earth and how we grow, learn, become resilient, etc. Instead, practicing gratitude is about valuing and appreciating the good in order to energetically align us with more good. At the same time, we acknowledge our challenges but we will now be in a better position to deal with them.
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