Our elders always tell us to count our blessings and live life with gratitude for all the privileges that we have been granted by sheer fortune. They preach it like it is some magic mantra to living a happier and more fulfilled life.
Think of the last time that you showed your gratitude to someone who added value to your life. Think of the last time you thanked someone who made an effort to make like easier for you. If these instances are not at the forefront of your memory, you may be suffering from what we all have – being thankless!
Giving A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way
Gratitude is not a one-way street. It is one with barely any dividers between those who give it and those who receive it.
And it can greatly change the way you look at things. It can be experienced about your past as well as your future. Thinking about how much you have now and all those who have made it possible is gratitude in the present. Gratitude for your past is feeling thankful for all the events that have led up to this moment of realization of positivity. And gratitude for your future is to be thankful for having come so far ahead already and having a successful launchpad for the future.
Here are some ways in which including gratitude in your life can help in making your mental health better.
Gratitude – The Gateway to New Friendships
You will find that your mental health will fail you most when it is lonely.
Gratitude in the form of simply thanking someone for their help can go a long way. A thank you and a smile can be the bridge towards a friendship that could potentially uplift your mental health!
Curbing your Aggression with Empathy
Emotions of rage and jealousy germinate in minds that are at constant unrest. These emotions are mostly misplaced and misdirected towards people who may be successful in some field or may be competing with you.
Think of all a person has suffered from to reach a level o success where they are held as a yardstick for a stranger. Imagine their hardships and troubles and thank them for inspiring you to do better even in your difficult circumstances. Turn your aggression into empathy.
The resilience of the Mind
Thanking someone even when it may be difficult for you to do so, or showing gratitude in a trying situation shows the mental overhaul that comes with including more incidents of gratitude into your mental health routine.
Showing gratitude has proven to have positive effects on those who suffer from depression or other such mental disorders. Studies have been conducted to measure the effect of giving thanks to the mental health of those suffering.
How to Show Your Gratitude
- Start a Journal
Make a gratitude journal to list at least one thing a day that you feel thankful and blessed to be bestowed with.
- Write Thank You Notes
For non-confrontational people, making thank you notes for those who have helped you can make for good stress busters.
- Meditate And Count Your Blessings
Clear up your mental clutter and make space to count your blessings. Make sure to remember to take it slow.
- Send Out Mental Thank Yous
A lot of the people we need to thank for their help in our lives may not be part of our lives anymore. Give them mental thanks once a week to see your energy lighten.
You must send out a small prayer to whatever force you believe in, and think a positive thought about all those who have been sent your life as lessons.
All in all, do not take it lightly when your mental state begins to look like it needs overhauling. Take a moment to breathe and thank your fortunes for having brought you here and now!