Gratitude can benefit you in so many ways. It can even help you discover what your purpose in life is all about.
If you're like most people, you probably don't try very hard to feel grateful about anything. This causes you to have feelings of hollowness, unhappiness, boredom, depression, and frustration. It doesn't even matter if your life is currently tolerable because, without gratitude, you'll feel disconnected from just about everyone and everything around you.
If you can change your mindset by developing more appreciation for the things you have in your life, then you can bring positive changes to your life. In fact, you'll have the inspiration to conduct the necessary activities which serve your life's ultimate purpose.
Here are some reasons why gratitude helps so much:
1. When you have gratitude, you can find your true self.
Some people may call this their soul, inner voice, spirit, or subconscious. Whatever you want to call it, this is a deep area within yourself which experiences life to the fullest. This area represents who you are and who you're supposed to be. Your entire life from this point forward revolves around this area within yourself. It allows you to be your true self, which is a person who is compassionate, loving, generous, joyful, and grateful. You just need to start being grateful, and you'll automatically become more joyful, loving, generous, and so on. Then you can feel happier about your life than you ever have before. It'll be easier for you to display these emotions too.
Your true self always understands your purpose in life. You may think you know your purpose because you choose what you want it to be. However, the area deep within you already knows what makes you happy in life, even if you don't. But you can find out what makes you happy by connecting to this deep area within yourself. Once you learn which activities in life make you happy, you'll have the inspiration to strive toward doing them.
2. The possibilities in life are endless when you have gratitude.
The deep area within you knows that each desire you have has a possibility which follows it. Many of us know what our life's purpose is, but we keep stopping ourselves from pursuing it because of our skeptical mindset. How many times have you really wanted to do something, but you made pointless excuses for why you couldn't do it?
Maybe you told yourself it would be too difficult, too demanding, or that you don't have enough experience, skills, talent, or time to make it happen. It's easy to come up with these kinds of excuses because it gives you an excuse to stop trying. But you can stop making excuses as soon as you start being grateful. And the longer you remain grateful in your mind, the more positive feelings you'll have. Then it'll be easy to convince yourself that you can pursue your goals without any setbacks.
Sometimes you may not always see the path that you're supposed to take in life, even if you're grateful. That's okay because gratitude helps you realize that a path at least exists. All you need to do is have patience, and you'll find that path if you can maintain a grateful mindset.
3. Gratitude is a way to honor the greatest things about everyone, including yourself.
If you can keep honoring people in this way, you'll discover that you're already fulfilling a big purpose in your life. Remember that your life purpose isn't something that only relates to you personally. It also relates to the fulfillment of changing other people's lives for the better. Express your gratitude for each person you come across because it'll not only make you a better person, it'll make them better people as well. Give them your support and encouragement to build them up. On the flip side, direct that same kind of gratitude toward yourself as well.
Once your mindset has a complete sense of gratitude and appreciation for the experiences you've had in your life, then it'll be easy to attract even more purpose and meaning to it. Just focus on the positive things in life and it'll cause a chain reaction of mental clarity as you move forward. Then you can face the darkest tunnels and find light at the end of them.
Here's something for you to ponder today. It comes from Chapter 7 of Wallace D. Wattles' classic masterpiece The Science of Getting Rich ("Gratitude"):
"... the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings in the future. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.
The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, and the squalid and mean; and your mind takes the form of these things. Then you will transmit these forms or mental images to the Formless, and the common, the poor, the squalid, and mean will come to you.
To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things.
On the other hand, to fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.
The Creative Power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention.
We are Thinking Substance, and thinking substance always takes the form of that which it thinks about.
The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best."
Think about it!
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