Make You Smile Back is pleased to present this article concerning how to master the art of gratitude with 15 creative and innovative tips. Gratitude is widely known as a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives from another individual. But gratitude goes beyond the enlightenment of appreciation to God and/or a higher being. It can be life-changing.
If you would like to find out what gratitude is, why the practice of gratitude is important and the benefits of gratitude, this post is for you. We shall also discuss 15 best gratitude activities along with examples and the best ways to practice gratitude. By the end of this article, you will be well equipped to become a better and happier person.
If we expand further upon Densel Washington’s amazing insights from the above YouTube Video, we must realize the power of thank you is limitless. In fact, the more we find things to be thankful about, great and particularly small then the more growth and well-being floods into our lives.
The ‘poor me’ consciousness simply creates a culture of pessimism and negativity, a culture that overshadows our positive state of being. Whereas the vast vocabulary and the colorful language of thank you creates positivity and a real appreciation of things that are so easily overlooked. Thank you helps us to savor life and find beauty and truth, it helps us discover our true nature, abilities and talents.
Thank you stokes the fire of creativity and introduces us to higher levels of awareness and consciousness. The thank you process motivates us to act because the appreciation that it produces gives us real power. It is a power that inspires, a power that rejoices more and complains less, a power that realizes our lives are dictated most of all by what thoughts we generate in our minds.
The Latin word known as ‘gratia’ is where the word gratitude originated. ‘Gratia’ means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is also associated with sincere appreciation from receiving a kind gesture from someone.
When you have gratitude in your life, you begin to realize all the goodness in your life and the goodness of other people in turn. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
Greater happiness within oneself is also associated with gratitude as well as having a healthy dose of well-being.
Everyone wants to experience more happiness and emotional well-being. In today’s world, it has received more popularity in both psychological research and scientific studies in the nature and practice of gratitude.
Researchers like Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Michael McCullough have come up with some impressive insights which should be highly noted. Their findings include:
A study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) examined blood flow in various brain regions while subjects summoned up feelings of gratitude. Higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus were found in subjects who showed more gratitude overall.
Furthermore, these higher levels of activity include an array of essential bodily functions, including eating, drinking and sleeping. It also has a huge influence on your metabolism and stress levels.
Feelings of gratitude directly activated brain regions are also associated with the neuro-transmitter dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ chemical released when emotions of happiness are experienced.
Want to start being a better and happier person? Let’s get proactive and get inspired in mastering the art of gratitude with these 15 tips!
Research recently conducted at the University of California-Davis found gratitude gives the person expressing it the power to heal, to be energized, and to change lives.
As a result, the Greater Good Science Center, entered in a collaboration with Robert Emmons of the University of California-Davis and launched a project together.
It is known as ‘Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude’. For more information concerning their project and findings, please check out this link.
In conclusion, Melody Beattie says it best: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Made You Smile Back presented to you the definition of what gratitude truly is, why the practice of gratitude is so important, and described the many benefits that gratitude provides.
15 Tips were shared on how to ‘master the art of gratitude’ with thought-provoking activities for both children and adults alike.
We first must realize the power of thank you or the practice of mastering the art of gratitude is limitless. In fact, the more we find things to be thankful about, great and particularly small, then the more growth and well-being floods into our lives. In fact, the more we practice the art of gratitude, we shall attract even more goodness into our lives.
Gratitude can be truly life-changing. Gratitude acknowledges the ‘goodness in our life’. It brings positive emotions. It improves your health and your ability to deal with adversity and more importantly, it builds strong relationships.
Having a ‘tone in your voice’ that’s thoughtful and deliberate, you can say:
* I would like to express my gratitude to (NAME), for all the hard work you have done on this project. Thank you.
* Words cannot express how much you mean to me.
* I am more grateful to you than you’ll ever know.
* I’m eternally grateful…
* You have my deepest thanks.
* I’ll never forget your support and kindness.
Research reveals gratitude can have these several benefits:
* Gratitude enhances empathy & reduces negative emotions
* Gratitude improves our quality of sleep
* Gratitude makes people like us more
* Gratitude improves physical and mental health*
* Gratitude improves self-esteem
* Gratitude strengthens our emotion
* Gratitude leads to a positive attitude
* Gratitude enables us to be much happier in life
Why It Works…
Keeping a gratitude journal helps you learn more about yourself and become more self-aware. A gratitude journal forces us to pay attention to the good things in life we might otherwise take for granted. Your gratitude journal is a safe zone for your eyes only, so you can write anything you feel without judgment. Perhaps the most important benefit of them all is that they are simply therapeutic for our well-being and overall mental health.
For additional motivation, I leave you with this incredible YouTube speech from none other than Denzel Washington. I promise you, when you have finished watching, you will be so excited to practice an act of kindness or some other gesture of gratitude today!
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