The Importance of Being Grateful

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“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
-Jean-Babtiste Alphonse Karr

Gratitude.

It may be one of the most rewarding qualities you can have. Gratitude for God, for yourself, for others. When things are going smoothly, it’s easier to be grateful. It’s the times when things aren’t going as planned that being grateful can have such a healing effect on your heart. Gratitude is an attitude, which may be the one thing we have control over in life. When you’re appreciative, satisfaction and happiness are in reach.

Research shows that there are benefits to expressing gratitude. In one study, a group of participants was asked to make a list of things for which they were grateful once a week for a total of ten weeks. Another group of participants also made a list, but of events that they considered negative. Those who expressed gratitude over the ten weeks proved to be more satisfied and hopeful. Participants of this group also experienced fewer symptoms like aches, acne and nausea, and they exercised more than before they started making the list. The mental health of this group also showed improvement: they experienced positive emotions more often.

It’s important to teach our kids the value of gratitude. The best way to teach kids a quality is to be an example of that quality. It’s one thing to think grateful thoughts, and it’s another to express gratitude. One way you can practise gratitude is through a gratitude journal.

Keeping a journal is simple. Find a notebook that you will be able to consistently write in.

Every night, take some time to write down three things for which you are grateful. Make sure to be specific, and ask yourself: What are you grateful for?