“If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough.”
Meister Eckhart, theologian and philosopher.
Here’s an extract on the importance and impact of gratitude from Be: Become Your True Self, And Inspire Those Around You by Bahriye Goren-Gulek.
Gratitude is good for you. Before you think I’m being overly simplistic or even evangelical, it would be worthwhile to look at all the scientific research and results that confirm this statement.
Gratitude is not only good for you, but also for the people around you. It is one of the most important and beautiful things in life. It involves acknowledging and celebrating all the good that is present in your life. And there is more good than we often realize.
Research across the globe has shown the immense benefits of gratitude. These benefits extend to your personality, your emotional wellbeing, your social interactions, your health, your career, basically your whole life.
If you want to gain deep levels of awareness, focus on gratitude. If you want to be a better leader, focus on gratitude. If you want to lead a happier life, focus on gratitude.
Gratitude is where all of this comes together.
On an emotional level, being grateful makes you feel rich beyond words. It makes you less envious of what other people have because you are focusing on yourself in a very positive way.
Gratitude makes you less self-centred and gives you a more optimistic outlook on life. It even helps with building yourself-esteem. Whenever you are down or nervous about a certain task at hand, just list the things you are grateful for regarding yourself. It can be as simple as saying “I like my smile.” Or “I like how I am able to make people feel heard.” Once you take time, just for a few minutes to do this, you will notice that those negative feelings you might have had will slowly subside.
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