When you are experiencing moments of bliss in your life and everything is going just the way you anticipated it would be, it is easy for the virtue of gratitude to shine and be expressed through you.
That’s because your entire being [body, thoughts and consciousness] is in a state of peace and tranquility. Right? 🙂
But what happens when your external environment is a far cry from being peaceful, or you are in the middle of a crisis and turmoil is building up all around you?
What about when we are charged to become involved in activities that bring us pleasure and lighten our loads. It is very hard to express gratitude in those times of chaos and turmoil, don’t you think?
Not only do I believe it is hard, it is a time when you look for opportunities to cast blame on others for the misery that you are going through.
There is the tendency to feel afraid and to doubt but these choices of attitude only make matters worse and directly disturbs your inner peace even more.
Building Healthy Blocks Starts from the heart
There are two very important thoughts to be mindful of that I want to share with you which show how gratitude is a building block for internal tranquility.
Give thanks in every situation for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [1 Thessalonians 5:18]
Those with sounds thoughts you will keep in peace, in peace because they trust in you. [Isaiah 26:3 CEB]
Can you see the link between these two quotes?
Not only should we give thanks in the situation in which we find ourselves, it is better to gently embrace our emotions rather than resist them. Only then can we begin to feel more at ease within ourselves.
It is that simple act of loving kindness as we do our best to maintain positive thoughts that opens the door for us to experience true peace and inner freedom within ourselves.
Scientifically Proven Facts About Gratitude
Scientist Robert Emmons says, “Without gratitude, life can be lonely, depressing and impoverished. Gratitude enriches human life. It elevates, energizes, inspires and transforms. People are moved, opened and humbled through expressions of gratitude.”
In addition to that, science shows that gratitude causes
- more energy
- higher emotional intelligence
- more forgiving attitudes
- less depression
- less anxiousness
- more feelings of being socially connected
- better sleep and
- fewer headaches
Infographic on Good Gratitude
More Healthy Gratitude Habits to Finding Inner Peace
1. Be grateful each day for your life and breathe with awareness
We must breathe with awareness and give thanks to our Creator each day for giving us life and for allowing us to breathe consciously.
It is what allows us to stay in the present moment and to connect with the Divine and what is most important and far greater than ourselves. The positive energy allows a peacefulness beyond our comprehension to flow effortlessly through our body.
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2. Think about 5 things every morning that you are grateful for
This is definitely a healthy habit that can do wonders in your life in the long run. Once you develop this habit and practice it daily, there is a wealth of peace in knowing that each of the five things you said thank you for holds value.
The practice of gratitude builds blocks so that the resultant mindset begins to generate optimism, hope and peace.
3. Don’t forget to thank the people who make a difference in your life each day
There are so many persons we can easily find to say thank you too on a daily basis that would truly promote inner peace and tranquility in our lives.
How about thanking the person who gave you a start in your career or someone who encourages you on a continual basis that you have only met online. Perhaps it is a friend who is always there, especially when you need them the most or even the ones who you know is doing a good job but feel under appreciated.
These are just a few suggestions but the thing is to say thank you to even one person on a daily basis. It makes all the difference.
4. Send an appreciative email to a co-worker
There are so many people in the workplace today that go about feeling unappreciated despite that fact that they are doing a good job. Here is your opportunity to say thank you to your co-worker and to let him/her know how grateful you are for what they are doing to make life better for others including you.
5. Take notice of the beauty in nature and say thank you
Everywhere we look we are surrounded by beauty. It might be the lush green grass, perhaps it’s the branches waving in the cool breeze, a flower blooming, birds nestled in the tree chirping or even a person’s face flashing a beautiful smile.
These are all God’s beautiful creation. Let us give thanks.
6. Reflect on your previous day’s celebration while having your shower
The shower is a great place to reflect and meditate on previous day’s celebration. It gives you the opportunity to take note of the fact that you could not have accomplished the victory all by yourself and the need to reach out to those who helped to make it possible.
Over to you, talk it over
What value have you derived from this post? What would you like to add? What are some other healthy gratitude habits that you have tried that bring about inner peace? What are you most grateful for at this very moment?