“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
― Meister Eckhart
Living gratefully is one of the easiest ways in the world to live a happier lifestyle. The art of living a life of gratitude has many far reaching benefits, allowing you to generally hold more jobs for longer, get more promotions, have a longer life, and generally get more people to like you as a whole. Statistically, grateful people have 10% less stress related illnesses, have a 7% higher income rate, and live 7 years longer.
But why does this work? There are many reasons why thinking about what you should be grateful for and grateful for things that lead you to a happier life.
1) It reminds you of the positive things in your life. It makes you remember about all the different people in your life who make you happy, whether it’s a stranger in the streets or a stranger that was kind to you in some way.
2) It turns the bad things into good things. Gratitude reminds us that things could be a lot worse. Having problems at work often seems to be an irrelevant problem when you consider that you at least have work.
3) It reminds you of what’s important. It’s a lot more difficult to be upset with your children’s high phone bill, if you consider that they are at least alive and happy.
Living a life of gratitude is actually very easy, as it costs no money, and a time commitment of just 2-3 minutes a day. You can pretty well start immediately: here’s how:
1) Have a daily gratitude session every day; it doesn’t matter when as long as it happens sometime within the day, and on a regular basis. Simply close you eyes and think about everything you have that is worth being thankful for (this can also be called counting your blessings, the idea is the same).
2) Always say thank you for when someone does something really nice for you, regardless of how small it was.
3) Finally, as sappy as it may sound, give thanks for “negative” things in your life. Try to see them as something that will make you stronger and a better person in the end.
I will leave you with some tips on what exactly you should be grateful for, if you are having some difficulties. For example, thank strangers for acts of kindness, be thankful for the fact that you eat with some regularity, and try to recognize anything you have done to make the world a better place.