Not everything in life is black and white, but there are times when it can definitely seem that way! Some of us have a tendency to focus on the negative and get sucked into downward spirals. But there is good to be found, even in harder days, and this is where practicing gratitude comes in. These 5 benefits of gratitude will give you a more than good enough reason to start practicing a new attitude of gratitude!
What is gratitude?
To put it simply, gratitude is feeling thankful for all the positive things in our lives. It seems like a simple thing, but it is something that many of us overlook.
When we focus on the bad, we neglect to say thanks for all the things that are actually good. This is when our attitude can change to ungrateful and negative – not ideal.
By actively practicing gratitude we can focus our attention on these positive things that we might otherwise overlook. This can have life changing benefits!
What are the benefits of practicing gratitude?
1. Gratitude breaks the cycle of negativity
Forcing yourself to look at the positive in life can break the cycle of negativity. It’s easy to get sucked into downward spirals, particularly if we suffer from mental illness such as anxiety or depression. It can become impossible to see the good in our lives when it reaches this point.
One of the best benefits of gratitude is that it forces us out of this state and to actively focus on the good. This positive thinking can have significant effects on our mood and general outlook on life.
2. Gratitude = mindfulness
The active “searching” for the positive in our day forces us to be mindful. Instead of going through life on auto-pilot and letting our subconscious dictate what we focus on, we take back control and become much more mindful of things to be thankful for in life.
3. A gratitude practice encourages self-reflection
Again, it’s easy just to go through life without ever questioning our thought processes. But a gratitude practice can really promote self-awareness and reflection.
When we practice gratitude, we can identify the things in our lives that we might be taking for granted or overlooking. We can become aware of our negative tendencies and thought patterns and identify room for improvement.
The first step to change is self-awareness, and a gratitude practice is a great tool for this!
4. A regular practice promotes self-discipline
Like any practice, practicing gratitude regularly encourages self-discipline.
It’s all too easy to pick up bad habits and not commit to good ones. But really committing to a gratitude practice is a beneficial way to hold us accountable and keep us in check.
This goes for all methods of self-care too! If you want to take advantage of a regular self-care routine check out these 52 self care ideas for good and bad mental health days!
5. The Law of Attraction
If you’re unfamiliar with the law of attraction, I encourage you to read about how you can implement the law of attraction for a happier and more fulfilling life.
But essentially, the law of attraction is the theory that everything you put out into the universe you attract. So if you put out positive thoughts, positive things happen!
When you practice gratitude you are essentially telling the universe “I like this thing and I wouldn’t mind more of it”. For example, if you practice gratitude for the money you DO have (even if very little) the universe will respond by giving you more of it!
When you practice gratitude you are essentially telling the universe “I like this thing and I wouldn’t mind more of it”. Click To Tweet
Now, I realise that the law of attraction won’t resonate with everybody. But what we can be sure of is that what we focus on most, we notice more. This is basic neuroplasticity. So the more we give thanks, the more we will notice the things to be thankful for!
More Benefits of Gratitude
If you want more benefits of gratitude, check out these 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude on Forbes.
How to practice gratitude
The benefits of gratitude are clear but practicing it regularly is easier said than done! That’s why you should check out how to start your gratitude practice so these benefits don’t go to waste!
Have you experienced any of these benefits of gratitude? I want to hear from you about how gratitude affects your life! Just drop me a comment below!