What Are You Grateful For?

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kindness that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.

~Albert Schweitzer

Being positive starts with being grateful in my opinion. It is actually seeing the bright side in what we have, rather than focusing on what we don’t.

But what really is gratitude? It is being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen in your life and taking the time to express appreciation and return the kindness. Being grateful is more than saying thank you. It also contains empathy and compassion.

Being grateful for everything we have be it big or small, and thinking about it every day has also a direct relationship with mental well-being, which also indirectly affects our physical health in a positive way.

It is known to be beneficial keeping a gratitude journal and writing down at least ten things that you are grateful for every day. I tried that in the past. At first, it seems like a difficult task to find ten subjects every day, but when you start writing every day, you realize that there are so many things that are so little but lack of which would affect your life dearly. Then you start looking at things from a different perspective and realize that you have way more than you think. There are so many people who make a difference in your life, whom you are grateful for.

Also according to research, self-reminder of gratitude on a daily basis helps with alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy, and sleep duration, and quality. Additionally lowers levels of depression and stress.

People who think, talk, or write about gratitude daily are more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to another person. They place less importance on material goods, are less envious of wealthy people, and are more likely to share their possessions with others by donating and volunteering more.

After hearing about all these benefits of gratitude, how about starting a gratitude journal in the New Year? As I said I did that in the past, but I will do it again as it brought me lots of happiness at the time. I would love it if you would do that too and maybe later share with me what you did, how it felt, how it helped you.

On a final note; being grateful for good things is easy, the real deal is to be grateful for the bad things that happened to you, bad people that you had to encounter. If you can be grateful even for them, because they made you learn something, then you can say you are indeed evolving.

Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.

~Roy T. Bennett

Ipek Williamson
Ipek Williamsonhttps://spiritualphysicaldetox.com/
The person that I am today is the product of my past experience as an Executive Assistant at many companies' top-level management for more than 20 years. Also, the fruit of accumulated life experiences as a mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and colleague. I am an avid reader and a lifelong learner. All the knowledge and wisdom I have accumulated over the years turned me into an active "Listener" with an ear for anyone who needs to be heard, a blog writer with close to 200 articles so far, and a communication expert who aims to help anyone and any relationship that needs healing and improvement. Especially the relationship with one's self. Blog posts that I write are mainly about new subjects that I stumble upon and feel like worth sharing with my followers. Or sometimes my self-talk on topics that are important to me and that deserves further exploration. Life takes us to places that we don't expect to end up, but always with a purpose. I was born in Istanbul, Turkey where I lived more than half of my life. But circumstances brought me to Ontario, Canada more than a decade ago. To find my new life, new family, new friends, new environment. Last few years, I have made my main goal to make my life better, to become happier and healthier. That goal triggered a desire to learn and share anything and everything that helps to make people happy. Life is amazing and we all deserve to live it to the fullest. That's why here I am, to touch the lives of as many people as possible, one beautiful soul at a time, and help them to become the best version of themselves.

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  1. Hi, Ipek.

    The gratitude journal is a wonderful tool, and I find when I act out my gratitude – doing things that demonstrate my attachment of love to all that surrounds me – I come closer to faith. So many people see gratitude as risky, as if being grateful sets them up for loss. What an extraordinary bit of self-centered fear which I have indulged in myself: I’m so important that the universe will punish me for happiness.

    But when we do things from gratitude, we add to the energy of love, no matter what we may be feeling. when I don’t particularly feel gratitudinous (I made that up because I like the sound of it) is when I most need to act out of gratitude.

    Be good. And well.
    Mac
    Btw, here’s a podcast about moving forward through the pandemic rather than pushing back:

    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1171136

    • Dear Mac,

      Thank you for your message and for opening up about your thoughts on gratitude. I love the word you have created by the way.

      Being grateful for even small things boosts our morale, positivity and the vibrations we emit out. So the more grateful we feel, the more things worth being grateful for appear on our lives.

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