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Why is it Important to be Grateful? Real Reasons to Better Your Life

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Why should you be grateful? We’re thankful to tell you the reasons.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. We strive every day to dress in the fine clothing of happiness. It is a fashion that will never go out of style. But what determines happiness? What makes us develop that feeling of satisfaction, joyfulness, and glee?

Some people say that our genes determine it. Others say it comes from the situations in our lives and how we handle them, and another group of people will tell you that our actions and our attitude determine how happy we are.

But let me introduce you to a nine-letter word that will change your life forever! The word is gratitude. The simple act of being grateful is a huge step towards positive self care. It can improve your view on life, and we’re here to tell you all about it.

Why Being Grateful is Good for You

Expressing thankfulness and gratitude has tremendous benefits on mental, emotional, and even physical health. The expression of appreciation increases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, those neurotransmitters that provide good feelings that can help you deflect negativity. Beyond that, gratitude may help with depression, improve blood pressure, and contribute to a longer life-span! So, what are the other benefits of being grateful?

You Feel Content with Your Life

Happiness is not getting what you want all the time. It is about loving what you have and being grateful for it. All of it! When you develop an act of gratitude, you are usually more satisfied with what you have.

You do not have time to think about what you don’t have because you are too busy counting your blessings. Being contented also puts you in a positive mood and prevents stress or depression.

You Will Be More Resilient

Struggles are real, and throughout this journey of life, you will hit rock bottom from time to time. That is why you will need to have excellent coping skills to tackle whatever obstacles may come your way. So, life may knock you right out; it happens.

Take the downfall graciously, but hold on to whatever you have left and use that to pull yourself back on your feet. See the opportunities out of all your setbacks and know that you can turn every negative situation into a positive one. The struggles will end when the gratitude begins.

You Will Improve Your Self-Control and Make Wiser Choices

A grateful heart gives you more patience and the ability to make better choices. Therefore, when faced with challenging decisions or temptation, you will be most likely to stop, think clearly about the situation, weigh all the pros and cons so that you can make the best choice.

Temptations will come your way. You will be placed in situations where you have to make tough choices, that is what life is about, but when the time comes, you will be okay because gratitude thinking leads to wiser decisions.

You Will Be Healthier

The attitude of gratitude has a significant effect on your physical and emotional health. It makes you sleep better. It reduces stress, and you will also look better. The reality is that you live a better life when you practice gratitude. You take care of yourself. You take care of the environment, and you take care of others. So, be grateful, be grateful for everything.

You Will Improve Your Relationship with Others

Gratitude has the power to develop your social connections with people around you. When gratitude lives within you, it shines outside of you, and like a magnet, it attracts people to you. Your positive vibration spreads, and it motivates others to shine.

This positive energy will change absolutely everything! People will appreciate you as much as you appreciate them, and the cycle of positivity will continue.

The act of being thankful can improve your life in so many ways. It tells you that what you have is enough. It teaches you to accept what comes your way even though it might be difficult for you to do so. It reminds you that you must learn from yesterday, embrace today, and create a vision for tomorrow.

So, find gratitude in all moments and practice showing appreciation because life improvement depends on it.

Ready to get started? Try these stress-relieving positive mantras.

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