GRATITUDE

Hi friends, today through this article we would be seeing what is gratitude and how it can help you in enriching your life.

First let us understand – What is Gratitude?

As cited in Merriam Websters dictionary, Gratitude means state of being grateful.

Many people fail to understand how gratitude can change a life. A life without gratitude is often an unhappy life. Practicing a little gratitude in your daily life is a first-step to achieving many of your hopes, your dreams and your goals.

The thing with gratitude is that it actually helps you way more than the person you’re showing gratitude towards. When you feel thankful, grateful, and contented in your own life and in your own experiences then you will find that want less. You’ll find that you’re actually more satisfied with where you are and with what you already have in life.

Showing gratitude is much more than a simple ‘thanks’. To improve the quality of your life and the life of others, it is important to show true gratitude for the things you are grateful for. This would help you have an enriching life and the person whom you appreacite would also feel enriched. Here are few ways you can let people in your life know just how much you appreciate them and thus display your gratitude towards them.

Show your gratitude by
Giving compliments : Make someone’s day by giving out compliments on little things like a great shirt, a nice smile, or on a job well done.

Listening : When interacting with people, make eye contact and show you are really present in the conversation.

Giving a hug (Inspired from Munnabhai) : Make a true connection with those you love and are grateful to have in your life by giving hugs when greeting, saying goodbye, or saying thanks.

Offering congratulations : When someone you know is celebrating an achievement, offer your sincere congratulations even if you are not the winner.

Sharing their joys : Celebrate others joys as if they were your own.

Being Patient : Patience is not everyone’s virtue but give it your best effort to remain patient with those you love and remember that everyone has their own struggles.

Saying Thank You : No matter how small or how big the favor was, always say thank you. Say it to family, friends, co-workers, and kids. A heartfelt thank you can go a long way. I always try to say it to the bus driver as I get off the bus because their job seems so thankless.

Smiling : Share a smile with loved ones and strangers on the bus. While not everyone will smile back, it is certainly worth the effort to keep doing it. Smiles are contagious so do your part to make happiness and gratitude go viral.

I’m curious, how do you show gratitude in your life. I would really appreciate if you share your way of expressing gratitude or any experience you come across after using any of the above mentioned gratitude techniques.

Sam Parulekar

About Sam Parulekar

Sam Parulekar is the Founder of iMind.net.in. He has over two decades of training experience and writes extensively on Technical and Behavioral topics. He is the author of articles and books, teaching how to use your mental tools and inner powers to create a life of happiness, success, fulfillment and inner peace.

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