Are you feeling dissatisfied with an area of your life? Have you been experiencing negative thoughts and difficulty coping with life’s ups and downs?
Practicing gratitude involves focussing on the things in life which bring you happiness such as relationships, successes, activities, or experiences, and taking the time to reflect on these and be truly thankful for them. Sometimes we can start to spend more time focussing on what has gone wrong in our lives and what we wish we had, instead of appreciating what we already have and what has gone well. Over time this negative thinking can lead to dissatisfaction, low mood, and lowered self-esteem. Practicing gratitude can help us to be more aware of the positives within our lives, whether these are big or small, and can make us more optimistic, and better able to cope with stress. By improving the way we recognise and handle our emotions, practicing gratitude may also lead to better relationships, greater resilience, and make us more patient.
Following a gratitude practice you are likely to feel more positive, and like you are able to take on any challenges that life throws at you. You will feel a greater awareness and appreciation of the things in your life which bring you joy and contentment, as well as experiencing a boost to your confidence and self-esteem.