Gratitude

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I really thought I had ‘gratitude’ under wraps. I considered myself generally of a thankful disposition and some years ago when gratitude journaling and other such practices became popular I considered to add them on to my prayers of gratitude and started my own daily ritual because I wanted to experience what it felt like and test it out for myself. So, apart from praying in gratitude, I decided to be more conscious and consistent in having appreciative thoughts and for a while I even wrote them down everyday. What I noticed was that the act of writing and repetition of words like: “I am happy and grateful that…” followed by three “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you” (as suggested by Rhonda Byrne) did help to actually bring about and expand the feeling. Repeating the words rote-like even with feeling did not have the same effect. The process definitely confirmed the idea that you cannot be upset and grateful at the same time. The emotion generates a climate of positivity that both reaches inwards and extends outwards.

But recently, I have been feeling that something was missing. Thus, ‘G‘ for Gratitude as I explore where I think I might be falling short.

It could be that since I have stopped writing down daily the ten things I am grateful for, the magic is not that powerful. When I had been doing it regularly, at the end of the month, I really could feel almost a sense of euphoria. The benefits of the practice of gratitude are well documented and there are also studies showing how it boosts happiness and fosters both physical and psychological health. But I still think of ten things in depth, so why has the joyous outcome diminished, I ask myself? Maybe because there are days when I do not do it or do it in a rush? Could be.

There is yet another possibility…

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22 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. I’m grateful for being “able”
    People complain that they don’t have this or not that. They should see people who literally have nothing, and yet they succeed. I know a guy who also complains about his health and wish for negative things. I always think seeing him that atleast he is able. His body has potential, then why complains about minor things.
    That’s, why I’m always grateful for what I have.
    Also, I will read more of the writer. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You’re right. We should always be grateful for our health and all we have. There are people out there who are much more worse off than we are.
      Hope you enjoy their writing. I really do.

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  2. I have changed my evening/night prayers to offer grateful thanks. I used to pray in great detail for everything in my life (for I was taught that’s how we let God know what we want and need), but I found it was just adding to my anxiety and depression.

    When I changed to just offering grateful thanks, I found those negative emotions slip away. God and the Universe know what we want and need, and are working behind the scenes to work things out for the greater good. I trust that and have faith in that, so I’m in effect released from saying my detailed anxious prayers, afraid that if I forgot anything, my life would become worse.

    Giving thanks doesn’t necessarily have to give us a sense of euphoria, but instead, if we have a quiet sense of peace, we can live comfortably, instead of feeling anxious!

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    1. Wow, that’s wonderful. I think focusing on what we have instead of what we don’t have can really be amazing especially for our mental health! I keep a jar where I add a little note every time something good happens so that I can remember that when I’m feeling down.

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