It’s that time of year again. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, everyone is counting their blessings and thinking of what they are thankful for in their lives. While taking the time to be grateful for your blessings is a wonderful thing, it is a practice that should be put into place year round, and not just periodically.
The benefits of practicing gratefulness are exponential and they extend into all areas of our lives. Focusing on the things we have can improve our physical health, spiritual health, relationships, careers, and personalities.
Practicing gratitude just plain-old makes you happier! By focusing on what you have instead of what you don’t have, you will be more at peace and generally, in a better mood. This, in turn, will have a positive impact on all other aspects of your life. You will feel more relaxed, more content and more focused on positive emotions, which will lead to improved self esteem, optimism, less materialism and more selflessness. In turn, this will lead to improved relationships.
Now, look at you- being so fabulous! I bet you’re feeling pretty fabulous too; sleeping better, feeling more energized, walking around with a little pep in your step. Now that you’re feeling so great, you can really focus on your career. Practicing gratitude can lead to greater productivity, better management, better appreciation of your coworkers, improved teamwork, and improved confidence at the workplace. Additionally, when you show gratitude, people tend to gravitate toward you more, which is always a plus in the workplace.
It’s easy to forget to count your blessings when things gets hectic and life’s worries take over, instead. Try to remember to incorporate practicing gratitude for all the things that you do have and you will find that life’s worries won’t have such a hold on you anymore. Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone!