There’s power in gratitude because let’s be real, contentment doesn’t come naturally to everyone. In fact, our brains are actually wired to see the negative side of things more readily than the good. However, now that you are aware of all the ways in which choosing fulfillment over lack can impact your life for the better, I want to share with you one powerful tool to help you reach your goal. I’m talking about being grateful for all you have.

About Gratitude

Let’s start by defining gratitude for our purposes. There are lots of contexts in which this concept comes into play. It goes beyond simply uttering the words, “thank you,” or expressing our thankfulness during appropriate times. Gratitude is a complex emotion. It’s a state of being and attitude. This topic plays an important role in the field of positive psychology, in which it is seen as a deep appreciation that leads to lasting positive results. Gratitude is an acknowledgment of a gift that is given to you. This gift can be something tangible received from a friend or it can simply be the good things in your life.

Why It Matters

The acknowledgment and recognition of the gifts you possess is key to the power of gratitude. Various fields embrace the concept of being grateful and recognize its benefits. Self-help gurus, psychological researchers, religious leaders, and philosophers are among these groups. As a reminder from yesterday’s discussion, I’d like to re-visit some of the main advantages that come from having a grateful heart.

Gratitude and Contentment

Making a conscious effort to feel gratitude has a powerful direct effect on your contentment. The reason is that being grateful allows you to move the focus from yourself onto other aspects outside of that narrow scope. Expanding your view lets you truly appreciate more than you would when you’re obsessively centered on yourself and all that is being done to you or happening to you in a negative manner. Whether you’re acknowledging the good in others or recognizing your life’s blessings, this focus outside of yourself is significant in increasing contentment and wellbeing.

See how gratitude benefits you and helps you to feel more content across the board? Cultivating those feelings of thankfulness takes practice, but it’s an endeavor that pays out in the long run. Give it a shot to see the benefits for yourself!

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Create the Life You Want + Make an Impact while you're at it!

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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