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Possibly the best benefit of gratitude is a better understanding of self. Gratitude teaches you vital perspective, and in perspective is stoicism and understanding that bad and good things happen and all you can really do is be pleased when the good happens, however small that good may be. This experience of self-management and control can be an amazing learning curve when it comes to understanding yourself.
How to be More Grateful
So this is what it comes down to, really. It is all about learning to be more grateful, to the world, to yourself, to your friends, family, lovers, pets, everyone and everything.
You need to understand that the universe, and everything in it, owes you absolutely nothing. You deserve nothing simply by existing, and the sooner you accept that, the better. That may sound harsh, but expecting things from the world is the core of selfishness, and gratitude works to negate that.
Pay attention to the world and people around you. Notice what people do for you. Imagine worst case scenarios, and think how your partner, family and work might react. Just look around and notice all the funny little things the world does for you, and take note.
Analyse why all these things are done for you. Do you deserve them? Do you always reciprocate?
Pay attention to the world and people around you. Notice what people do for you.
If you’re struggling on the whole mindfulness and thinking front, try out some light meditation. Meditation isn’t some vague airy hippie idea without any grounding in science. It’s all about controlling and knowing yourself, and cultivating clearer and better thought processes. This can be key for enhancing your gratitude and happiness.
Watch your Happiness Grow!
If you get all that done, and you’re steadily become a more grateful and loving person, then you can sit back, keep it up and watch your happiness and contentment grow.
There are ways to build on that though, of course. If you want to keep raising your satisfaction and contentment, chase things you really care about. Chase hobbies and dreams, but don’t lie to yourself. Pursue things you love earnestly, without expectations. Expectation, in many senses, can be paramount to pride, and pride always comes before a fall.
If you want to keep raising your satisfaction and contentment, chase things you really care about and pursue things you love earnestly, without expectations.
Look after yourself too. Whether that means eating healthier, doing more exercise or keeping up your meditation, there’s a million different ways to maintain your body and mind. There are ways to map and enhance your efforts too, like the happiness app analyze.life.
Don’t forget to let yourself off the hook once in a while. We’re not machines, we can’t simply keep working, and keep trying. You will inevitably run yourself, and your drive down, even with gratitude on your side. Remember to take a weekend off to have a film marathon, or to go for a few too many drinks with your buddies. It all works in your favour, in the end.