We may not have all the things in the world, because we can’t have everything, but we certainly have plenty to be grateful for. To an extent, we know this already, and yet we forget. Scientifically backed studies show that as human beings, when we aren’t grateful for what we have, we aren’t capable of being happy.
The simplest explanation is that forcing ourselves to focus on thoughts and actions related to gratitude, regardless of circumstances, helps our brains develop positive emotions. The bottom line is therefore, very clear : when we force ourselves to be grateful by making gratitude a part of our daily routines, we actually feel a lot happier.
So, mentioned below are three specific gratitude strategies that have always worked wonders for people. Try them out for yourselves.
- Practice a private gratitude ritual in the evening.
Every evening before you go to bed, write down three things that went well during the day and their causes. Simply provide a short, causal explanation for each good thing. That’s it. We spend tens of thousands of dollars on expensive electronics, big homes, fancy cars, and lavish vacations hoping for a boost of happiness. This is a simple, free alternative which works and It only takes five minutes.
- Publicly express your gratitude.
Start appreciating for people publicly when they do something for you. It can be as simple as smiling and thanking an auto/cab driver who drove you to your destination, thanking your maid/cook or even your subordinates or colleagues who help you in your office work. It feels good and you never know, this act of appreciation might be the only good thing that happened in that person’s life that day. Everybody is fighting a battle of their own you have no idea about, so it won’t hurt you to be appreciative and kind towards everyone!
- Express gratitude towards the little things that you are grateful for.
It’s fairly easy to remember to be grateful for the big and obvious things that happen — a new addition to the family, a great promotion at work, a significant business breakthrough, etc. But the happiest people find ways to give thanks for the little things too. Be honest: when was the last time you were grateful for simply being alive, or going to sleep with a full belly? More specifically, think of all the little things you experience like a call from your parents or weekend chilling with your friend. Honestly, there are many who crave for the love of their parents and company of their best friends. Not everybody is as blessed as you are! Be grateful, ALWAYS!