Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful – the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. When life gets stressful, it can be hard to be grateful. It is likewise hard when that stress gets in the way of meeting our goals – and we begin feeling ungrateful to the things/people that add to our stress, seeing them as nothing more than obstacles rather than anything to be grateful for. The problem is that this negative attitude further increases our stress and keeps us further from our goals.
Sometimes to be grateful takes really appreciating the basics – grateful for food, water, shelter. And although many of us can say we are grateful for or agree we have those things, it often does not feel like enough. To achieve even greater satisfaction, we likely want to strive to go beyond our basic needs and obtain those other things we deem important. Sometimes these are physical and mental health, weight changes, positive relationships, jobs and money, and material possessions… the list goes on.
What we don’t always realize is that our own attitudes – the way we perceive those things we desire, how grateful we are for those things and for the totality of our lives – have a large impact on us obtaining those things, keeping those things, and being happy and satisfied when we actually have those things.
This month I intend to focus on gratitude. It is amazing how far a grateful attitude can get you in terms of personal wellbeing, and wellbeing associated with other aspects of your life, such as better relationships and a better handle on the stress that comes with life. Being more grateful can go a long way toward helping you meet your personal goals, including weight loss and weight maintenance!
Here is a diagram from Happier Human to see many of the terrific benefits of gratitude… at the center of which is an increase in happiness! I hope this will get you looking forward to a month of adding gratitude into your health regimen to help you meet those goals!