This is not just a follow up to my last post, but I thought that given the times we are currently in it only makes sense to post something encouraging. Currently, there is a lot to be sad about with all the misfortune’s going on in the world, such as Covid 19 and the levels of brutality and violence in Africa. The effect of this has left many uncertain of what is to come. Amid it all, I think so far as we are alive, we should exercise gratitude for the little that we have (I know it’s easier said than done).
Personally, gratitude is something I have been practicing on and off since the start of the year but more often recently. It helps me mentally and spiritually. I wake up daily and I write 10 or more things I am grateful for. Maybe if you are reading this and feeling down you can give this a try or at least think about things you’re grateful for if you’re not into writing.
So, what is gratitude and why is it necessary? According to Harvard Health gratitude is something that is associated with more happiness as it helps with health improvements, coping with adversity, and building up relationships.
I would say gratitude is expressing appreciation and giving thanks for the little we have from life and towards people who have shown a level of kindness and goodness to us.
I feel gratitude is also an opportunity to better yourself mentally because it puts you in a space to do more and in a sense receive more to be grateful for. Gratitude is not always for other people it is also for us as individuals, it is a positive thing. So how do we show gratitude?
Keep a journal or notepad – You can make it a habit and write what you are grateful for and the good things that are happening to you.
Count Your Blessings – This is something I recall being taught as a child which I am sure most of us were. It is effective. Just simply take a moment, reflect over a certain time, and identify all the good things in your life and the positive moments you had and how it made you feel.
Prayer – If you are spiritual, this is a great way of showing gratitude. Life and good things are not all coincidental. I believe in God; I believe there is a higher power that makes things work for my good even in times I do not understand.
Thanking somebody – This can be demonstrated personally, through a text or call. Another way is by an act of service or words of encouragement.
Giving – This does not have to be material items or even a gift. When you are willing to give to someone good to you or a cause or a reason to show gratitude, it is good for the soul. This also blesses others around you in your community and it makes you feel good.
If you’re reading this and going through a hard time during this difficult season, I hope you find a way to feel better and in some drastic cases, it is okay to ask for help both personally and professionally. This is in no way a post aimed to suggest that doing this makes all negative things go away or can turn things around like magic. It is an exercise, one that takes your involvement and no break of a sweat. I dare you to try it. It does not have to be daily routine like I do but whenever and however it suits you.
What is one thing that you are currently grateful for? How does it make you feel?
Thanks for Reading