What is gratitude?
Gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to you. It is a positive emotion that makes you aware of the good things in your life, and a positive attitude that helps you express your thanks to others.
I see it as your direct phone line to the Higher Power. That’s why it can be hard for many of us to dial this number. Spiritual trauma, grounded and pragmatic worldview is getting in the way of this built in mechanism for switching on inner peace and feel good chemicals in any situation.
Gratitude is the closest I’ve experienced to magic in this life.
How does gratitude make you productive without burning out?
If you spoke to me about gratitude years ago, when I was going through burnout, I’d probably want to punch you.
Today as a coach I’ve seen how tremendously powerful it can be in literally unlocking endless energy to power up a person’s recovery. Even if you don’t believe in it, try it anyways. Eating can often whet ones appetite even when you don’t feel hungry 😁
Gratitude has been shown to reduce stress and cope with trauma. It regulates your emotions, reducing negative feelings while increasing positive ones. Additionally, it can help you connect with others by improving communication, trust, and cooperation.
Sounds like it would be worth trying, no?
How to cultivate gratitude in your daily life?
One way to cultivate gratitude is through gratitude journaling, where you can write down three to five things you are thankful for and reflect on why and how they make you feel.
Additionally, you can practice gratitude meditation, focusing on your breath, body, surroundings, or a person or object you are grateful for. Repeating a gratitude mantra such as “I am grateful for…” or “Thank you for…” can also be beneficial.
Finally, expressing your gratitude to others in a meaningful way is important. You can do this verbally by saying “thank you” or “I appreciate you” or non-verbally by smiling, hugging, or giving a gift. Writing a letter, email, or text message is another way to express your gratitude.
I use gratitude on the days when I’m feeling low because I haven’t seen progress in my business and on the days when I’ve gotten into a fight with a family member — it helps me take the energy from the good side of life and apply in the current ‘not so good’ side of it.
How to overcome the barriers to gratitude?
Despite having a meditation practice for years, I’ve never felt comfortable with the idea of gratitude.
Practicing gratitude can be difficult, especially when you are dealing with jerks!!!! You may be comparing yourself to others, or complaining about your problems which are all gratitude killers. To overcome this, set reminders to prompt yourself to practice gratitude, focus on your strengths and achievements, and reframe your situation. This will help see positives even in a bad situation.
The deeper inner work helped me see that my worldview has been focused on the pitfalls in myself and others. This is a common pattern most of us can’t detect. Especially if we’re positive people who try to stay cheerful and look at the bright side.
So resistance to gratitude is actually a test strip that can help you find out how positive you truly are!
When you’re open yourself up to feeling grateful even when on the surface you seem to be getting shortchanged, something amazing happens.
You start seeing the bigger pattern at play which is that things tend to work out just right.
Ahhh, you will exhale with a sense of relief.