Why Is Gratitude So Important?

Gratitude actually helps train the brain to look at your environment in a positive way, and it shapes how you react to the things happening around you. When you are focused on positivity, good things naturally flow to you.

When you are feeling down, things just don’t seem to go your way.

What do I mean by this you ask? Well, think of it this way. When you are feeling down, it seems like everything happening around you is negative. For example, you’re late for work…again. Your computer freezes while you are rushing to meet a deadline. You lose your job or are furloughed. You have to go to a job you hate. You are overwhelmed by the added responsibilities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It just goes on and on. At the end of the day, you feel exhausted and defeated. This perpetuates the “hamster-on-the-wheel” state of mind. You find yourself on the spinning wheel of negativity.

Positive things seem to naturally come your way.

On the other hand, when you start your morning feeling grateful for another day, positive things seem to naturally come your way. You hear your favorite song on the radio. You have a pep in your step. You might even take a final look in the mirror before starting your day thinking, “Dang! I look good today!” You are easily able to interact with others clearly and compassionately. You have more energy at the end of the day. You feel positive and that anything is possible.

Gratitude is directly linked to the Law of Attraction.

When you are able to look at things in a positive light, you are more grateful; you tend to do more acts of kindness for others. Hence, when you state out loud what your dreams are, they will start to come true for you.

Start to consciously see blessings in your life.

There is so much information regarding gratitude. So, I have broken up the information into a series of blogs, just like I did for core values. Before diving into the rest of my gratitude blogs, I want to encourage you to do the following exercise. Each day, take 5 minutes to write down 1-3 things you are grateful for. Think about these things throughout your day. Now, be ready to start consciously seeing more blessing coming your way!

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Moments For “Me” c/o Wendy Sprous - May 21, 2020 Reply

Being Grateful makes life so much more pleasant than the alternative! Don’t have time to sit and write it all down in a journal everyday? That’s ok. You can reap the same benefits by having mindful moments where you notice what is really happening around you and be grateful for it. It could be as easy as taking a moment to appreciate the birds singing, the clouds moving across the sky, the smell of cookies baking, the feel of a very soft blanket, etc. You might be surprised at all the things you have to be grateful for throughout the day when you just take a moment here and a moment there to tune into your environment. What do you see, hear, taste, smell, and feel? Be grateful for all of it.

    Nicole Schmidt - May 21, 2020 Reply

    Wendy,
    You are so right! I think if we have a grateful mindset, it is so automatic in every little thing we encounter in our day, and does not necessarily need to be written down, as long as we are realize it in the moment. For people who are needing to fine tune their gratefulness, writing does help. I think for a lot of people if it doesn’t come with a big bow attached to a big “gift”, it gets lost.

    My daughter just put in an offer on a house and we were talking last night, here is the jist of what she said: “Privledged problems: worrying about if I will get a house that I never dreamed I would have at the young age of 22. There are so many people who have to worry about WHERE they are going to get a roof over their head each might. I am very lucky even if the offer doesn’t go through. I still have a roof over my head. Sure it may not be in this house, and I might have to rent a little longer, but at least I know I have a roof over my head each night.”

    Hope we can keep the conversation going on Gratitude!

Nicole Schmidt - July 6, 2020 Reply

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