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How to cultivate Gratitude

 

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Gratitude is one value which is eroding. According to researchers at Harvard medical school, gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences and improves wellness.

It is about having a realistic perspective on things to be grateful for. It is about choosing what to focus on and placing value on what one has rather than on what one may not have. It is about focusing on what really matters. It is also about being reminded of things one may take for granted, such as good health or food on the table.

Through the simple practice of gratitude it is possible to turn negative emotions and thought processes into positive ones.

Devoting as little as five minutes a day to reflect on something to be grateful for can make a significant difference.

A commitment to stop complaining can also foster positivity and break cycles of negativity.

Surrounding oneself with like-minded and positive people is another powerful tactic.Recognizing, acknowledging and being thankful promotes happiness and wellness.

Here are five ways to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude”:
1. Write it down. Keep a gratitude journal. …
2.Talk about it. Sharing what you are thankful for isn’t just for Thanksgiving. …
3. Meditate. Whether you regularly meditate or not, take a break a few times a day. …
4. Express it. …
5. Seek it.

An attitude of gratitude means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a regular basis, for both the big and small things alike. As Howes puts it, “If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more.“

I have been practicing this since many years, and it has helped me. Try it out for a week or two and let me know whether it has helped you.

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