As 2019 draws to a close and our inboxes are inundated, with making 2020 the ‘best year yet’ or the ‘best decade yet’ and ‘ignite your vision’… all the amazing ways internet marketers come up with to sell another course, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at gratitude.
First things first, gratitude rhymes with attitude, a coincidence? Perhaps not.
It’s about being thankful and having appreciation for the everyday, normal, and boring stuff.
SO WHAT IS GRATITUDE?
The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratis, which means thankful or pleasing, when you feel gratitude, you’re pleased with what someone has done for you and pleased by the results.
It’s very different to being indebted to somebody, because it’s not about having to pay it back, but rather paying it forward.
Gratitude has two parts, the first being appreciation where you recognise something is valuable to you, which has nothing to do with monetary worth, something outside of ourselves, perhaps by another person, event or action.
Perhaps this is where the word gratis comes from, where it’s freely given to you with zero expectation in return.
The second, and which I feel is more important, is the gratitude we have for ourselves, for all the good things we do, feel and say for ourselves….stuff that many people do not see as important.
It’s all about expressing gratitude. With gratitude people acknowledge the goodness in their lives and during the process of finding gratitude and acknowledging how it makes us feel.
As a result, gratitude helps people connect to something larger than themselves, whether it be to people, nature, or a higher purpose.
GRATITUDE IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
There are so many research projects that have been completed around gratitude, comparing those who practice gratitude, to those who do not.
Over time, the results showed that the practice of gratitude changed the attitude of the participants, they became more optimistic and felt better about their own lives.
Interestingly, those who practice gratitude exercised more and have fewer visits to the doctor, a direct link to health and wellness…gratitude and attitude.
SIX WAYS TO GRATITUDE
You may have noticed I talk about the practice of gratitude; it may not be something we all have, yet it can be attained with consistency and practice.
Yes, just like learning to ride a bike, you too can learn the art of gratitude and improve your life in so many ways.
Gratitude brings on more gratitude, it’s not rocket science, but it is science.
There are so many gratitude journals and programmes out there to teach us how to practice better gratitude.
As I type this, it feels a little like an oxymoron, it should be easy but it’s not.
With the world of the internet, social media and literally dozens of ways to connect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – perhaps the busyness of being busy has taken over the task of logic when it comes to gratitude.
Find your own way, use a journal, join a program or a community to help you achieve what you want to achieve.
You will be amazed what you can achieve in five minutes, which is all it takes to fill in a daily journal.
Five minutes alone will not solve the challenge though.
What it will need is a consistent attitude over time, which is why a lot of the times you’ll see journals are for 90 days. It can take several months.
Why, you may as