Gratitude. If you ask someone whether or not they’re a grateful person, chances are you’ll get an answer a little like this:
“Grateful? Of course I’m grateful!”
“Yes! I’m grateful for everything in my life.”
“Gratitude? Yeah I would say I’m a grateful person.”
In reality, so many of us take lots of things for granted, every single day. People aren’t as grateful as they think they are. And honestly, I think it’s one of life’s greatest hacks. If you’re already a believer in the law of attraction, you’ll know this. Gratitude is, what I believe to be, the key to the universe. The key to ultimate abundance. The ultimate mood-changer.
Gratitude has been an immense aid to me on my journey through mental health struggles. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way implying that just changing your mindset will “cure” you, because this is absolutely not the case. I’m still a long way from being in the mental place that I would like to be in. But having gratitude means that I’m okay with that. I’m okay with the struggle, and I’m okay with the journey.
Changing my attitude to one of gratitude has really completely changed my life. Through changing my mindset, I have learned to embrace those times when I am feeling good, and really feel thankful for them with every ounce of my being. This way, they are becoming much more frequent.
So how can you incorporate gratitude into your life? Firstly, and most simply, you can start a gratitude journal. And this, is exactly what it sounds like. You can use any notebook, and every single day, write ten things you’re genuinely grateful for. And everyday, try to think of ten new things to be grateful for.
Secondly, when you’re out and about in the world, start to pick out things you’re grateful for. It could be nature, and how beautiful it is. The fact that the trees provide us both with oxygen and something truly beautiful to look at. Maybe the building your in is lovely and warm, or you’ve run into an old friend and had a lovely conversation. Maybe you found money on the side of the road, maybe a man gave you his parking ticket so that you wouldn’t have to pay and display. Whatever it is, find gratitude for the little mundane parts of your life. Was your coffee made to exactly your preference?
Thirdly, start your day with gratitude. I once read that a man got out of bed, and as his left foot touched the ground he said “thank”, and as his right foot touched the ground he said “you”. He continued saying thank you, as he made his bed, walked to the bathroom, brushed his teeth, he found gratitude to have running water, enough to eat for breakfast, clean clothes to wear for the day. Starting off with this attitude will make a huge difference to your day, whether you believe it or not.
Making your attitude one of gratitude will immensely help the quality of life you are living, and will have you living a happier and healthier life through continued practice. Personally gratitude has helped both my physical and mental health, and completely transformed how I see the world. And to be honest, I don’t have half as many fears as I used to. I’m slowly overcoming my challenges, and although I can’t say that gratitude is completely responsible for my recovery, that would be absolutely ludicrous. I can say that gratitude has changed me, and I love how it has.