How Gratitude is the Way to Attain Happiness
Happiness is subjective and every individual perceives it according to their own capability. Some find happiness in money, a new job, or a trip, while others find it in the little things that occur daily, such as an approval, a confession of love, or even an apology. Gratitude is also one such means that makes a person happy. It is a state of being grateful for something, and the skill of counting your blessings rather than stating what is missing, and being happy and thankful for even the little pleasures of life.
A number of psychological and behavioral researches have worked on the concept of gratitude and have seen positive results and life improvements because of its practice. From resilience, to reduction in stress levels and building of stronger relationships – gratitude has positively affected all these aspects. It is present-oriented and creates positive energy between individuals.
When a person utters a word of thanks to you, it will make you feel productive and pleased for doing something that has benefited the other soul. Let’s discuss how being grateful can pave the way to your happiness.
Savoring the Moment
Mindfulness and gratitude go side by side. When a person starts living in the moment and appreciates all that they have, rather than worrying about things they don’t have, that is when they start acknowledging the goodness in their life. They also stop taking things for granted. It is a state of being content and satisfied with life’s circumstances irrespective of the problems. You will create happier and positive memories, which will further make you emotionally strong.
Brighter Side of the Picture
With gratefulness comes the stance of looking at the bright sight of the picture. It promotes optimistic thinking. Thankful people do not have the best of everything, but they tend to look at the positive aspects, and that is how the quality of their life improves.
Boosting your Self-Esteem
Whether you are at the giving end or the receiving end, thankfulness will boost self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence of both the individuals, which will gradually enhance their level of happiness as well. When people are readily present to help you, it will make you feel valued, and have a greater impact on your happiness level.
Paying it Forward
A lot of people tend to help others as a way of expressing their gratitude. Researches show that grateful people are more likely to lend a hand to others than the ungrateful ones. This will form a cycle and will carry forward the act of kindness caused by the emotion of gratefulness.
Emotionally, personally, socially, and health and career wise, gratitude brings the best in people. Acquire this gift in your life and become a better individual!
A Selection of Happiness Quotes
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ~ Marthe Troly-Curtin Phrynette Married
“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk Diary