Good Feelings

5 Benefits of Gratitude

Showing your gratitude can be a great way to spread positive feelings in the world around you. When you think about it, reaching your goals starts with a single positive thought.

How do you feel when someone sincerely expresses his or her gratitude to you for something you did? Doesn’t it make you feel good about yourself? These positive feelings can lift you up, boost your enthusiasm, and motivate you to achieve even more.

Feeling grateful for what you have can produce the same good feelings and sustain your drive toward your goals.

This shows how gratitude can have some seriously positive snowball effects.

Here are some of the benefits of gratitude:

1. Reaching your goals. When you feel grateful, it tends to be a lasting and selfless feeling. It’s much more than just a momentary burst of positive energy; it has staying power that will provide a great boost for you to reach your goals.

• When you express your gratitude to others, ensure that you’re open and expressive. People don’t know what you’re thinking; hearing it can make all the difference.

2. Strengthened relationships. There are many ways you can express your gratitude to your loved ones, including saying, “Thank you,” writing a letter, or giving them a thoughtful gift. When you learn to avoid taking your loved ones for granted, you’ll have a long lasting and loving relationship.

• Showing gratitude is a two way street. Learn how to effectively express your gratitude and, just as importantly, to receive it as well.

3. Improved communication. Gratitude can mean better communication all around. By expressing your gratitude to strangers, they’ll be more likely to show an interest in helping you, too.

• Gratitude is such a powerful entity that it can even help you communicate with your pets! They should be appreciated too.

4. More effective constructive criticism. No matter how we express constructive criticism, it often makes the recipient defensive or even angry. No one likes a blow to the ego. In this situation, a grateful attitude can take you a long way. You can express criticism quite effectively when you also emphasize what you appreciate about them.

5. Preserving memories. You can preserve memories in a positive way when you keep a gratitude journal. You’ll be able to enjoy your memories again and again when you read about these happy times in the future.

Show Your Gratitude Every Day

Showing gratitude to others may seem like a selfless act, but it’s something that you also benefit from. When you show your gratitude every day, you change the way you think.

You’ll appreciate your good life when the majority of your thoughts remain positive. Negative thoughts can sometimes be overwhelming, and just because you have them doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. They happen to everyone, but you can strive to keep them to a minimum with the help of a grateful attitude.

One way to show your gratitude every day is to remind yourself of the big picture when a negative thought arises. If a petty argument with your spouse makes you feel angry and heated, take a deep breath and think for a moment. Remember that the argument is not permanent and, instead, feel grateful for the gift of this relationship.

Our days on this earth are numbered so we must cherish the time that we do have and enjoy the benefits of living each day as if it were our last.

Being grateful for where I am forges the path to where I want to be.

I make a conscious effort to give thanks for all good things in my life. The more I show my gratitude, the more good things I receive to be thankful for!

When I awake in the morning, I give thanks for the new day. The good feelings I generate start my day in a perfect way, and I find that one good thing leads to another. This positive boost helps me fly through my daily tasks with energy and momentum.

I thank my spouse for the things he does for me. This makes him feel loved and appreciated and he goes out of his way to do even more good things for me. It’s a never-ending cycle of love!

I find things to thank my children for every day. When they do a good job on anything, I thank them for their effort, motivating them to continue. My happiness is even greater when I see them, too, discovering the joys of gratitude and telling others, “Thank you.”

As my day goes on, I thank my co-workers for their efforts and my clients for their business. In return, I receive their loyalty and friendship.

I thank my friends for being there for me. They’re always there to lend a helping hand and cheer me on.

I realize that even the challenges of my day arise for good reason and I’m grateful for the lessons I learn from these obstacles. Invariably, my challenges bring me closer to my goals, in one way or another, as I seek solutions.

Today, I strive to feel gratitude, enjoy it, and let it show in how I treat others.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Do I let myself feel and enjoy gratitude and its benefits?
2. How has showing someone my gratitude brought me something good in return?
3. How can I show my gratitude more often?

I feel successful and I let go of all obstacles that stand in my way.

I am a success! Each day I allow myself the luxury of enjoying the good feelings that come with my achievements.

I am also confident that I can overcome every challenge. Rather than bemoan an issue, I seek solutions and take decisive action to continue moving forward toward my goals.

To ensure my success in any endeavor, I divide my goal into attainable steps and then take action immediately to build momentum.

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As I complete each step, I reward myself. I feel good about it and proud of myself for accomplishing a necessary task that puts me closer and closer to my goal.

It doesn’t matter if the task was small or if it only took a few minutes to complete it. A success is a success no matter how you look at it! So I feel good about my achievements and I let it bring me the confidence to move forward.

When an obstacle raises its head, I tackle it immediately. Perhaps there is a way I can simply sidestep this challenge and move on. Perhaps it is really bringing me the opportunity to find a better way to get to my goal.

Whatever the challenge, I seek a solution of action steps that keep me moving forward, even if there is a detour along the way.

Today, I choose to complete at least one action step toward an important goal and celebrate my success so I can look forward to doing the same again tomorrow.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Do I feel like the success I know I am?
2. What successes, large or small, can I celebrate today?
3. What action steps can I take to overcome a current challenge?

I feel successful and I let go of all obstacles that stand in my way.

I am a success! Each day I allow myself the luxury of enjoying the good feelings that come with my achievements.

I am also confident that I can overcome every challenge. Rather than bemoan an issue, I seek solutions and take decisive action to continue moving forward toward my goals.

To ensure my success in any endeavor, I divide my goal into attainable steps and then take action immediately to build momentum.

As I complete each step, I reward myself. I feel good about it and proud of myself for accomplishing a necessary task that puts me closer and closer to my goal.

It doesn’t matter if the task was small or if it only took a few minutes to complete it. A success is a success no matter how you look at it! So I feel good about my achievements and I let it bring me the confidence to move forward.

When an obstacle raises its head, I tackle it immediately. Perhaps there is a way I can simply sidestep this challenge and move on. Perhaps it is really bringing me the opportunity to find a better way to get to my goal.

Whatever the challenge, I seek a solution of action steps that keep me moving forward, even if there is a detour along the way.

Today, I choose to complete at least one action step toward an important goal and celebrate my success so I can look forward to doing the same again tomorrow.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Do I feel like the success I know I am?
  2. What successes, large or small, can I celebrate today?
  3. What action steps can I take to overcome a current challenge?
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