Most of us can think of loads of different ways that our lives could be better. In fact, it’s often a conversation we are willing to have with as many people as we can, as long as they will listen. Although there’s nothing wrong with wanting more and striving to get more, there’s a lot to be said about what we already have. Learning to practice an attitude of gratitude seems to amplify what we have and make it enough, as we strive for more. However, there’s something to be said about appreciating what we already have. The benefits abound.
The Hope, Happiness, and Health Factor
<a href=”http://www.newsweek.com/5-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude-398582″>Grateful people</a> are happier people. They have more hope and enjoy the moments that make up the content of their lives. On top of these wonderful benefits, they tend to be healthier people in general. They take care of themselves and tend to have fewer aches and pains. Because they tend to be happy with what they have, those 100% long staple cotton sheets are the equivalent of 3000 thread count sheets for them. They are willing to enjoy what they have on the way to building a better life.
Grateful People are More Helpful & Empathetic
People that appreciate what they have are often more helpful towards others and less judgmental and aggressive. Instead, they tend to be the types of people that put themselves in other people’s shoes and show more empathy.
Grateful People Possess a Strong Resilience
Grateful people have a mental strength that allows them to get through and overcome difficult obstacles. Even Vietnam Vets who exercised an attitude of gratitude had fewer incidences of post-traumatic stress syndrome than those who didn’t. Gratitude has a magical way of padding our experiences by creating a buffer between us and the world. This buffer allows us to give thanks for what we have and wraps us in loving protection so that we are able to better weather the storms in life.
Appreciating what we have builds character. When we give thanks we are more helpful, happy, empathetic, healthy, and resilient. These are all beneficial qualities to have as we navigate this thing called life. Furthermore, gratitude helps us to live in the now instead of wishing for better days all the time. In essence, gratitude helps us to enjoy the journey.