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The Gratitude Effect: Flipping your Mindset
We are all aware of the importance of practicing gratitude in order to improve your quality of life and increase overall satisfaction for your surroundings. There are various ways to practice gratitude but committing to it and focusing on ways to find positives in each situation can transform your outlook on life. One way to flip your mindset is by creating gratitude lists and incorporating these into your daily routine.
The Importance of Gratitude
Many studies have proven a direct link between overall happiness and gratitude. Gratitude allows you to release your comparisons to the lives of others and appreciate what you have. When you do this, you are constantly looking at overwhelming and possibly harmful situations as ways to grow and further develop both mentally and emotionally.
When you practice gratitude, you are looking at different situations to find the positive outcomes. For example, you are looking at overwhelming situations such as a family move or job loss as a potential opportunity to find something new and better. Rather than stressing about moving or worrying about finding a new job, you are grateful for the experiences that have led you to this point and are trusting that everything is happening in your favor. This allows you to look at tough situations with a positive outlook and completely transform your mindset.
What is a gratitude list?
A gratitude list is a technique that should be incorporated into every person’s daily routine. It requires about five minutes a day, a journal, and a pen. You look at your life either before you go to bed, right when you wake up, or both and jot down everything you are grateful for.
This list can have very simple items such as “I woke up this morning healthy and safe” or “I have received a job offer that I am excited about”. You should write down as many items as you can think of during this exercise because it will trigger you to find examples of gratitude throughout the rest of the day. Over time and with consistency, you will notice yourself finding so many different ways to be grateful each and every day.
Benefits of a Gratitude Mindset
Before starting to practice gratitude and making lists of things that you appreciate, you may find yourself constantly waiting for bad things to happen to you. If everything is going great in your life, you may not appreciate it because you are feeling like it is too good to be true and that something bad will eventually happen in the future. If these thoughts seem familiar to you, it is likely that you experience a victim mentality.
The victim mentality can have negative impacts on your health and wellbeing as it brings about anxiety, stress, and depression. This type of mindset prevents you from appreciating what you have and will likely make you feel stuck in your life and dissatisfied. When you are constantly finding things to be appreciative of and places to find joy, you are controlling your own mindset and your happiness will inevitably increase.
Gratitude allows you to release the stress and anxiety that follows you throughout your daily life. You are no longer worried about the worst possible scenarios or what bad situations will happen to you next. Rather, you are content with what you have and are grateful for your surroundings. You are able to replace negative self-talk and criticism by realizing all that you have. By listing out each thing you are grateful for each day, you will inevitably notice yourself feel overwhelmed with joy and gratitude throughout your daily life.
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