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With so many things happening in our daily lives, it’s easy to get sidetracked and buried in to-do lists. It’s easy to feel that life is a race; every single day we have more and more to accomplish. And this can result in burnout. If we put too much focus on accomplishing our goals and getting ahead of others, getting ahead of our competition, we might forget to appreciate those who have helped us along the way. We might forget to appreciate our own strengths and wisdom, and celebrate the successes that were achieved not only on our own but with the help of others.
The science of gratitude and cultivating gratefulness plays a vital role in our lives. Whether you’re a life coach, a creative entrepreneur, an accountant, lawyer, doctor… regardless of your profession, practicing gratitude is just as important as checking off things on your to-do lists. And the benefits of doing this as a daily practice is highly impactful.
Gratitude bombs can be done in so many ways - it can be via email, via social media DMs, via text, or if you’re old-fashioned, via hand-written letters. The idea of gratitude bombs is basically being vocal and telling people why you’re grateful for them. And by actually telling them you are grateful for their existence and you’re grateful that they’re a part of your life, you are introducing the practice of gratitude to them. Plus, it’s just a great feeling to be able to verbalize these things and actually share with someone what is it about them that you’re thankful for.
External Aspects of Gratitude
In a nutshell, social contagion is the theory that we are more likely to adopt the habits of the people we surround ourselves with. That said, practicing gratitude and cultivating gratefulness in your life does not only benefit you but it also inspires people and pushes them to develop the same practice. You are pushing the first domino here and the people in your circle will have a deeper understanding and a better view of the positive effects of gratitude practices through you.
Really get specific in what you’re grateful for
It is one thing to say “thanks for our friendship,” and it’s another thing to go deeper and more detailed. The latter is what most great life coaches would suggest when it comes to cultivating gratefulness.
Instead of simply telling a friend you’re grateful for the friendship, go deeper. Be really specific what is it about that friend as a person, what is it about the friendship that you’re grateful for? Why are you thankful for her? Why do you love to celebrate the experiences you’ve had together? The more specific you are with gratefulness, the better people would understand the value of this practice.
Internal Aspects of Gratitude
Aside from cultivating gratefulness externally, we should also cultivate it internally. Don’t just thank the universe for the sun and the rain, don't just thank your friends for sticking around, don’t just thank your coaching clients for trusting you… thank yourself too. Appreciate your personal strengths. Appreciate all the wins and successes and personal accomplishments - big or small. You’ve done a lot of good for this world, whether you believe it or not, and that deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated. You are a gem.
Connecting with ourselves in a deeper, more meaningful way
This is not being vain or self-centered. This is about celebrating how far you’ve come. Gratitude practices allow us to connect with ourselves on a deeper level. Because the more you become grateful for your wins and your strengths, the more you’ll notice them. And the more you can connect with yourself in a meaningful way.
Effects of Practicing Gratitude
The effects of practicing gratitude are, well, a long list. But one that we want to highlight is that it actually has physical effects. Inducing positive emotions has tangible health benefits. Gratitude and positive emotions are both helpful in repairing cardiovascular damage caused by stress.
See, stress will always be a part of our lives. There’s no such thing as living a great, colorful life without stress. But it can take a toll on our bodies. One of the ways we can combat it and repair the damages it made is by the simple daily practice of gratitude. By cultivating gratitude in your life, you are cultivating positive energy in your body and this helps relieve stress.
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