Have you ever taken a moment to look at what you have and be really, truly grateful for it? Some people seem to be able to maintain a positive attitude regardless of what’s happening in their lives. They can appreciate the good times, but they can also focus and appreciate the positive aspects of their negative experiences.
Here are some really great benefits of having a thankful outlook:
- It is one of the simpler routes to a greater sense of emotional well-being, higher overall life satisfaction, and a greater sense of happiness in life.
- People with a higher level of gratitude tend to have stronger relationships in that they appreciate their loved ones more, which in turn helps their loved ones to appreciate them more!
- Those with an attitude of gratitude tend to be happier, sleep better, and enjoy healthier relationships which all helps them to be healthier people.
Fortunately for those of us who do not naturally see the silver lining in life’s negative events, it is possible to learn this behavior. Whenever you notice yourself feeling negatively about a stressor in your life, remind yourself of three or four related things for which you are grateful. If you’re stressed about a project at work, think about aspects of your job that you like. You can do the same with relationship stress or financial stress.
Another great way to become more positive is by keeping a gratitude journal. At the end of each day write down the events that occurred for which you are thankful. If you had a particularly hard day, force yourself to come up with at least two good things that came out of it. It will be difficult at first, but as you continue this practice you will begin to notice that you are thinking more positively in the moment, not just reflectively at the end of the day. Your positive attitude will become more automatic, and you will soon start to reap all of the benefits of a thankful outlook!