Why Is Gratitude So Important??
Well … Let me tell you!
While we often talk about the importance of gratitude, it is a difficult concept for most of us to live by. When things do not go our way, it is easy to fall into a personal funk and start blaming others for the problems that we are experiencing. However, those who are able to count their blessings and be grateful for what they have are typically have less stress and anxiety than those who do not.
Gratitude is important, because it allows us to take a look at the bigger picture and be truly grateful for the blessings we have been given. People who are filled with graciousness are able to view the world around them through a far different prism than those who are not.
They know that their problems and issues will usually pale in comparison to the problems and issues of others and they can find the silver lining in any cloud.
By practicing gratitude on a daily basis, you can change your life in a number of ways.
We all have our bad days from time to time and they are essentially unavoidable. When these bad days take place, we often forget to appreciate all of the great days that we’ve had and we allow ourselves to fall into a “woe is me” fog that takes days or even weeks to lift.
Having gratitude is all about having the ability to list the things that you are grateful for, even during your darkest moments.
Listing the things we are grateful for when we are happy is so simple, yet this task seems to elude us once we become disillusioned or frustrated. There are a number of aspects of our lives that we start to take for granted or become entitled to. For example, having a roof over your head, clothes on your back, food in your mouth and people who care about you are not things that everyone is fortunate enough to possess.
Yet, there are a multitude of people who see all of the aforementioned items as their birthright, as opposed to things that they should consider to be a blessing. A person who is filled with gratitude knows that the things we take for granted can be ripped away from us in the blink of an eye and they never allow themselves to lose sight of this very crucial fact.
Having gratitude also keeps us from getting as angry as we normally would at everyone else in our lives. Giving other people the chance to control your moods and put a damper on your day is a sign of a person who is not truly grateful.
Gratitude is important, because it lets us realize how appreciative we are for the people who are in our lives and how much we would miss them if they were gone.
Experiencing feelings of gratitude is not enough by itself, though. You’ll also need to express these feelings out loud. Gratitude is what gives us the courage to voice our opinions and keep ourselves from allowing feelings of frustration to fester over the course of time. When we are not gracious, we are quick to temper and more apt to hold onto feelings of ill will.
But when we appreciate the people in our lives, we know that they can have bad days just like the rest of us. We know that they can be in a bad mood and that their actions do not reflect their true feelings.
“Gratitude begets thoughtfulness and thoughtfulness begets better personal relationships.”
Lacking gratitude can keep our personal relationships from continuing to grow and it is especially important when it comes to dealing with our significant others. Once the honeymoon phase has ended, we often fall into a pattern of being excessively critical and pointing out shortcomings, instead of being as grateful as we were when we first met the person.
A person with gratitude knows that it is hard to find love in this world and while you should never force yourself to stay with someone just because they’re a warm body to sleep next to at night, you should also learn how to appreciate the things that the person does right and not fall into the trap of constantly harping on what they do wrong.
The same goes for those of us who have children to raise. Parents who constantly complain about their kids are missing out on the many blessings that they provide. Children can be frustrating on a number of levels, but they also need guidance and structure. When a parent communicates frustration to their offspring, this can negatively affect their level of self esteem.
In turn, the child will also become more critical and far less likely to show the necessary gratitude in their own life. By acting in an ungrateful manner to your child, you are not treating them as the blessing that they are and you are creating poor habits that could potentially follow them for the rest of their life.