How gratitude can transform your life

Did you know that expressing gratitude can change your view of the world around you? Gratitude, in the simplest sense of the word, is the feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. Alan Cohen posits that "Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practise gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished."

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Most noteworthy in this expansive view on gratitude is the comparison with a muscle. This connection is apt, seeing that the same way muscles atrophy due to disuse or neglect is how the benefits of gratitude go to waste when not recognised. Furthermore, just as a muscle in the body needs constant exercise, so does gratitude! By incorporating gratitude into our everyday lives, so much that it becomes almost like a reflex action, we take the positives out of every situation and create a channel for inner peace.

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The inspirational author goes on to say that "To be grateful is to find blessings in everything." Most times, the desire to attain certain material trappings of contemporary times has numbed us to the blessings that are right before our eyes. Gratitude is finding beauty in everything. It is seeing the forest for the trees and seeing the current for the breeze. It is seeing the people and not the crowd. It is being grateful for those things that we commonly take for granted.

Every time you don't get what you want, remember that somewhere out there is someone who might never have as much as you have. Click To Tweet

The words of Alphonse Karr come to mind here: "Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses." The beauty of this statement is the simplicity of the message. It's easy to look at life as a glass half empty, but it is more helpful to recognise and show gratitude for the fact that the glass is half full. No matter the situation there is something to be thankful for!

You may find some deep meaning in a the words of Millie Mestril which I have adopted as a personal mantra: "I am thankful for those who share me in their lives. I am thankful for those who are a part of my journey." The struggles of life are numerous; it is easy to forget that there are other people who share the journey of life with you.

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Consequently, we tend to focus more on ourselves, rather, than on the much bigger picture. Show gratitude for their accomplishments and triumphs alongside yours. You shouldn't be grateful for yourself alone, be thankful for those around you too! Remember that you are only as happy as the people around you. Positive energy is contagious!

Even when life seems to be cruel and troubles seek to overwhelm you – every time you don't get what you want – remember that somewhere out there is someone who might never have as much as you have. The very air you breathe freely is enough to be thankful for. Failure will come inevitably; be thankful for the opportunity to try again.

Question: Have you ever been in a difficult situation which you now appreciate in retrospect? Share with us in the comments

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