Even in the middle of the worst crisis, there are still many reasons why practicing gratitude is precisely what we should do in these situations.
Various studies by health professionals have shown that gratitude is right for your health, both physically and mentally. Physically, grateful people can experience a better quality of sleep and have healthier hearts which means overall greater well-being and higher happiness levels.
Gratitude also helps build and strengthen your relationships with other people. When
you feel more grateful to the critical people in your life, you want to nurture and work
on your relationship with them.
This results in your partner feeling loved and appreciated and, ideally, grateful for being valued and cherished, resulting in a cycle of love and appreciation.
Given those reasons on why you should practice gratitude, here are nine things you should not take for granted:
Being alive. If you’re reading this right now, congratulations! You’re alive. Waking up every day shouldn’t be taken for granted, and we often forget that “tomorrow” is never guaranteed. So many things could happen that could wipe our existence off the map in a second, but they did not – and that’s something to be grateful for.
Your health. Every moment of every day, your body is working hard to take care of you. From the smallest white blood cells to your heart beating every day to your brain and controlling everything, there is so much to be grateful for.
Start taking care of it as early as now by getting enough sleep, eating right with the help of proper vitamins and supplements like fish oil for muscle building, Ascorbic acid, folate, zinc, etc.
No matter what you’re going through in life, through all your ups and downs, your body will always be there, doing its best to keep you alive.
A job. These days, job security is a thing of the past. You should be thankful if you have a job that at least brings food on the table.
Having a job that offers you more flexibility and autonomy over your work is always something to be grateful about.
Drinkable water. Like food, water is necessary for our human bodies that we often drink without a second thought. As you hydrate yourself today, try to take a moment to be thankful that you have access to clean, drinkable water, unlike many places in the world today.
You are luckier if you have the luxury of adding a little color to it like juice concentrates, Chia seeds, coffee or tea so do not take water for granted.
Clean air. Since the rise of the industrial revolution many years ago, the world has seen an increase in air and water pollution as more factories used fossil fuels and other chemical pollutants.
If you can breathe clean, fresh air right now wherever you are in the world, be thankful.
Having a roof over your head. If you’re living with a roof over your head and a place to shelter you no matter the weather – whether in the sweltering hot or the chilling cold, having protection from the elements is a big deal.
Your family and friends. Humans are social beings, and naturally, relationships are essential to us. Having family and friends to surround you, to rely on as they rely on you, is something to be grateful for every single day.
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
If you have a complicated relationship with your blood family, remember the often-misquoted saying, “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” Family is what you make of it, that’s for sure.
The kindness of strangers. Growing up, we were told not to talk to strangers; nowadays, we voluntarily engage with strangers over the Internet. It’s funny how life turns out, huh?
But, though there are many deceiving strangers, there are also so many kindhearted ones out there. It’s easy to be kind to someone you know, but witnessing small good deeds done by strangers to strangers – like holding the door open or seeing a kid help an older adult cross the street – feels different.
The little things. Finally, we should all be more aware and grateful towards the littlest things that make our day to day life bearable.
This is up to you and what you value, but taking a moment of my day to look and appreciate things like a beautiful sunset, seeing my dog run through the grass, hearing a baby’s laughter, being able to afford food that is a bit luxurious every now and then, reading a breathtaking quote from a book… there’s so much beauty in the world has to offer, if we take a moment to stop and smell the roses.
Even in the bleakest of situations, there is always something to be grateful for in life. Having this kind of outlook allows you to face all that life throws at you, whether good or bad.
Gratitude is a very effective weapon and blessing that will enable us to overturn any situations we find ourselves in today.
Have you practiced gratitude today?