Gratitude: 3 Realizations I Had After Exercising It in My Life

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“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” 

– Amy Collette

Have you ever paused for a second today and thought about the stuff that you are grateful for in your life?  

If you haven’t done that for quite some time now, it’s totally fine. Chances are, you’ve been too occupied by the negative things that are happening around you.

Or you’ve been very busy and stressed out lately, that you haven’t been able to pause and take a breather.

Now, why did I choose to talk about gratitude? Because applying gratitude in our life is a very important thing. Learning to be grateful helps us see the good side of our life and it will eventually makes us happier.

 


Have you tried being aware of the thoughts that you are having lately? How many judgements, criticisms, negative thoughts have crossed your mind today? I bet that more than half of them or even 2/3 of them are negative.

 

“Ugh! This day sucks!”

 

“I need to work again!”

 

“If I am just as rich as that guy, I would be very
happy.”

 

“Why is this happening to me?”

 

“I hate my life. Nothing seems to go right”

 

 

 Trust me, I’m very much aware of these thoughts because I used to have them too. Honestly, sometimes, I still d

ME BEFORE PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Before, I only often see the bad things in my life. I over fantasized the bad parts of my life even the bad days. I’m always thinking of the things that went wrong. How toxic is that?

 

Then I learned about meditation. Through meditation, I learned about gratitude. I still have a lot to learn but I can
say that it’s helping me shift my mindset.

 

“Oh Camille, does that mean that you don’t have any negative thoughts anymore?”

 

Well, that would be impossible. 


Our brain works in a way where we highlight and give emphasis to our negative thoughts and emotions. Yet, now whenever I encounter days where I can’t even smile, I remember that I can do something about it. That it’s not the end of the world, and that there’s still good about my “worst” days.

 

 

In short, gratitude made it easier for me to cope up and deal with those kinds of days.

 

Here are the things that I’ve realized when I start implementing gratitude in my life.å

I ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH

I am already blessed, no matter where I am or what I have now. Here are some things that I’m very thankful for:

  •       I have a roof over my head. 
  •       My mom is always beside me and she supports me. We may have our differences, but she loves me unconditionally
  •       My friends and I treat each other as family. 
  •              I can drink clean water, eat and buy my own food.
  •              I can walk, think, and speak.

Just writing about these things made me feel good already. Go on and try it yourself!

Sometimes, because we always compare ourselves to others who seem to have “every” thing, we go blind. We can’t see how abundant our life is. We always look at other people’s stuff, accomplishments, and success. Why can’t we look at ours?

GRATITUDE = BETTER YOU

I was about to put it this way gratitude = happiness, but I remember that we can never be always happy. Albeit, practicing gratitude will help you to be happy most of the time.

Gratitude makes you see everything that is beautiful about “YOUR” life. So instead of focusing on other people’s stuff, you will focus on yours.

It will also make you better because you will be able to see the silver lining in the challenges that you might face.

Moreover, according to a research, gratitude is also good for your body and mind. It promotes good health.  

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POSITIVE MINDSET

Gratitude helps us develop a positive mindset. Once you see every good thing in your life, then your attention will be diverted to it and not on the negative one.

When I started exercising gratitude in my daily life, I noticed that there’s a shift in my perception. I used to complain a lot a year ago. 

Well, I can’t say that I already stopped complaining. But, I was able to reduce it. Now that I’ve been trying to be more attentive to the good things, I can say that I feel a whole lot better.

It’s like wearing glasses, it makes you see things clearer. 

END NOTE

Now, I would like to encourage you to stop for a minute and think of all the things that you are grateful for. It’s better if you write it down and do it more often. There are a lot of ways to exercise gratitude in your life. Try them and see what works for you.

Remember, you don’t need to have everything to be happy. You just need to take a look at the things that you already have and learn to appreciate them. We already have the most valuable things and we don’t need to spend thousands of money on them. Because most of them, are free.

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