Gratitude – how and why can it help our happiness

Gratitude: adjectives

1. Warmly or deeply grateful for kindness or benefit; grateful: I thank you for your help.

2. Express or activated with gratitude: thankful letter.

3. Pleasing to mind or senses; nice or welcome refreshing: grateful breeze.

When were you last grateful for something? Like, really, truly grateful?

I used to use the phrase & # 39; I appreciate … & # 39; much, without really feeling appreciated. In the definition above, the terms & # 39; warmly & # 39; and "deeply", describe me what gratitude really is about. There is a great feeling from the inside, something that makes you emotional and smiling, something that makes you happy that you are alive.

What We Are Teached About Gratitude

Gratitude will be rather bad when we are children. All these & # 39; shoulders & # 39; and & # 39; bought tos & # 39; become more burdensome than joy: You should thank you for X & # 39; & # 39; thought about evaluating Y & # 39;.

When we say what we should and should not be grateful, our own genuine feelings of gratitude and satisfaction can be lost.

Give them gratitude.

I'm not talking about gratitude that, like children, we are told that we should feel things like having a beautiful house, born by accident in a wealthy family with a meal on the table.

That's not what we should not thank for these things, that is, we should only thank them if we really consider it. I'm glad I was born in the UK in the modern times. I am grateful that I have food, shelter and education. I just do not like to say I should find a certain way without wondering my real thoughts.

If you try to force someone to think or feel in a certain way, you will kill that part of naturally occurring. When appreciation becomes & # 39; should & # 39; or & # 39; become & # 39;, instead of the fact that spontaneity is lost. This is one of the reasons why the world is such a gratitude that is insufficient today.

Gratitude Today

When I rebuild my own gratitude, I emphasize little things and work out.


I love this first cup of coffee in the morning (yes, it probably makes me an addict but in terms of addiction, I'm fine for coffee).

Writing with a pencil

So much more enjoyable than an organism – do not ask why.

The People I Know

The kindnesses and support they have given and allow me to return.

My Health

I just used to think about health when it went wrong. Now, when I think about it, I remember enjoying it – it will not be there forever.

My Inner Thoughts

I'm infected. There is a lot going on in my head, which I sometimes find difficult to express. This was used to prevent me and make me feel alien to others. Now I love the fact that I have this inner world that is deep, rich and only me.

The Fact That I Live

A friend recently asked me and how often do you feel about death? & # 39; and I responded, & # 39; Most days. & # 39; The way I think of death has changed. I'm not afraid of it – it's inevitable (in addition, I'm getting around London by bike, which's like participating in high sport). But there are absolutely things I want to do, see and feel before my time has come. I do not believe there is anything after death and if I did, I could not live my life as perfectly as I could now.

Building appreciation

One you open gratitude, it is everywhere. One great simple exercise that greeted me was the idea of ​​thanksgiving. This is simply a list of everything you are grateful for. You can add it daily, weekly, monthly or just when new items come up – whatever you want.

If you're a part of the Apple alert, Live Happy Tapper and Live Happy, both with apps for iPhone and iPod touch that contain thank you (I've never tried anything but heard good things).

You can start now: even if you are in a hurry, sit back for a moment and try to imagine what you appreciate. It does not matter how big or small it is – what matters is the real gratitude and yours.


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