From an early age we have been taught to be polite. This means asking for things in good manners and showing gratitude when someone does something for us. How many times have we heard our parents say: “What do you say?”? And what was our automatic response? “Thanks!”.
We do the same with our children. It is important that they are grateful, but are we grateful in everyday life? There are many things we should feel grateful for. So let’s learn to train gratitude to feel better!
Empower gratitude to increase personal well-being
Gratitude is a feeling that manifests itself when we have the feeling that our life (and who is part of it) is smiling at us in big and small things. Sometimes we underestimate it, but learning to use and empower it is a way to foster pleasant emotions and positivity.
When we use gratitude to the right extent, then we can train it. How? First of all, we must dedicate a few minutes of our day to think about something we liked, a detail, a word, an action of the person to whom we want to show our gratitude. This could be your partner, a friend, a member of our family and our roommate.
When we have in mind why to be grateful, we can write a personalized and precise message that demonstrates our gratitude. It is also worth putting the date and then hiding the note so that the person in question finds it unexpectedly.
When he searches for something in his bag or opens the wardrobe, he will find a beautiful surprise and he will feel the same feeling as we do: gratitude. If we do it once a week… Imagine the effect! You don’t necessarily need to use pen and paper, with new and modern technologies the ways to convey a message are endless.
Gratitude: neither too much nor too little
Now you know how to empower gratitude. It is possible, however, that you use it too much or too little, so how can you balance it? If you have little use of gratitude, you can empower it by showing gratitude to yourself, because gratitude begins within us.
So, dear readers, start the day by taking care of yourself. Get up 10 minutes earlier and listen to your body because it communicates its needs to you at all times and you have to pay attention to it. Check your expression and the appearance of your skin, but also your body as a whole.
Once you understand your body’s needs, take a relaxing shower. Massage the skin with the help of a sponge and enjoy the pleasant sensations that this treatment offers you. If you have dry skin, apply a moisturizer. In this way, the feeling of well-being will extend to every inch of your body.
Don’t abuse gratitude!
Why can it be dangerous to abuse gratitude? It is very simple: we risk giving the impression of not being sincere and, obviously, this compromises our interpersonal relationships. Therefore, it is important to be grateful to the right person at the right time. Indeed, the expression of gratitude requires intelligence.
In this sense, it is useful to take note of all the times you show your gratitude in a week, as well as the reactions of others. After seven days, we will be able to assess whether someone has made us understand that they have exaggerated with the expressions of gratitude.
People may not even react to our gratitude, given how often we show it. The alternative is to show appreciation in other ways to generate a positive impact in us and in others, but also in the relationship itself.
Try our simple tips to balance and empower your gratitude.
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