The Importance of Incorporating Gratitude into Your Everyday Life
In today’s fast paced world, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life. But as a self-confessed believer in the power of appreciating the here and now, there’s nothing more important than taking the time to slow down, and smell the roses.
Documenting your gratitude
An awareness of the things you’re grateful for can manifest incredible benefits across all aspects of your life. From happiness, likeability and optimism to career goals, productivity and decision making, developing mindfulness of the things you’re grateful for is a powerful habit. Here’s why:
Taking the time to sit down and document what you’re grateful for can really help to put things into perspective. For example, when you consciously thank the universe for gifting you with an amazing partner, the fact that you didn’t score that coveted contract last week may not seem like such a big deal.
From both a physical and mental health perspective, gratitude actively improves your well-being. Research proves this point, with experts asserting that spending just five minutes a day writing a gratitude journal can increase your long-term wellbeing by more than 10%. This is the equivalent of doubling your annual income. Five minutes a day, or an extra forty hours of work per week? We know which one we’d choose!
The power of positive thinking
Rather than dwell on the negatives, intentionally recognising and honouring the things that bring you joy has a positive influence on your mind-set. Positive thinking is a formidable weapon, particularly for entrepreneurs. An optimistic outlook is proven to improve the decision making process, and unlock doors to success. Just ask Norman Vincent Peale, author of best-selling self-help book, ‘Discovering the Power of Positive Thinking.’
Tried and tested techniques
Now we’ve explored the importance of incorporating gratitude into your daily mind-set, let’s look at ways you can do this…
By far, the easiest way is to rekindle the love with a pen and paper. Writing down a list of things you’re grateful for will crystallise their importance, and help draw your attention to ‘joys’ that you didn’t even realise existed. If possible, handwriting is best, as it brings a sense of tangibility to the table.
Developed by Northern India’s Indus-Sarasvati civilisation more than 5,000 years ago, yoga is an ancient practice that’s emerged as a wildly popular modern lifestyle hobby. Yes, it goes hand in hand with amazing physical benefits. But from a psychological perspective, yoga is an incredible practice, as it teaches students to live in the here and now. Focussing on breathing, stillness and a sense of corporeal awareness, finding sanctuary on a mat is a phenomenal way to train your mind to live in the present.
Whether you’re looking to manifest personal happiness or professional success, developing an awareness of the things in your life you’re grateful for is an incredibly powerful technique.