Below are just some of the things that
gratitude can do for you.
#1. Increases self-esteem
When you count your blessings in life, when
you’re thankful for
the things you have, the people who surround you, you’re more able to make
yourself believe that
life is indeed good.
When life is good, you begin to see yourself
as worthy of
that life. You’re less likely to get bogged down by your insecurities because
you feel that you are good enough.
If a person is grateful for what he has, he
becomes more confident that he has something worthwhileto offer the
world in return.
We often hear people say that all they want
is a little appreciation, a little acknowledgment from their partners.
That before they’re criticized for the things
they failed to do, they wish their significant others take notice of the
things they did well.
Expressing gratitude for the littlest things that
your partner does will make them want to do more things for you. Of course,
it shouldn’t be a manipulation tactic,
but the effect of having your efforts acknowledged really makes a difference
in one’s attitude towards
Even in conflict resolution, saying “Thank
you for letting me know that you felt this way…” is better than starting it
with “Why didn’t you tell me you were feeling like this?” before proceeding
to discuss the problem at hand. Opening with the positive will
direct the conversation towards a more open discussion as opposed to coming
out as an attack.
#3. Helps you sleep
Personally, I think the way you sleep at
night says a lot about you. It gives you an insight on what
you’re feeling at that moment and what’s going on in your head.
If you find yourself battling your way to a
good night’s sleep, you’re probably worried about something, and unless
you find what it is and see it in a more positive light, you’ll lose more
than just sleep in the long run.
Positive thoughts will help sooth your mind
and make you feel relaxed. That will translate to how you will feel the next
day. You’ll end up more productive and more confident.
#4. Makes you fun
Hanging out with a negative person, someone
who always has something bad to say about the world, tends to make the small
annoyances of life seem like the big things.
On the other hand, if you’re with someone
who’s just the right amount of positive,
who reminds you to see a flat tire as a way to spend time with your
companion, or to laugh at that stain on your white shirt, it puts a lot of
things in perspective.
You become a beacon of light
for someone else.
#5. Makes you a better
boss, employee, teammate
At work, just as in your relationship,
acknowledging someone’s efforts will give them confidence and boost their
If you’re a boss, your people hang on to your
every word. They believe in you. If you show them that you believe in them
too, and that you’re impressed at
even the littlest tasks
they perform well, they will strive harder to not disappoint you in the bigger things.
As an employee, when you thank your boss for
mentoring you, for showing you the correct way of doing something when you
make a mistake, you acknowledge their
status and make them feel like a good leader. This will make them feel like
they’re doing a good job handling you and will make them feel more open to your
suggestions later on.
As a part of a team, when each of you commend each
other’s efforts into making a project good, itstrengthens the feeling of
camaraderie and builds a stronger foundation for the company to stand on.
Solid groups will yield better results
in the workplace.
Show gratitude to make life better all around you.