4 Benefits You’ll Enjoy By Being More Thankful
- Blessing, Depression, Gratitude, Happiness, hope, mental health, physical health, psychological health, Thankful, Thanksgiving
- November 28, 2019
In today’s episode, I’ll be sharing with you 4 benefits you’ll enjoy by being more thankful/grateful. And I’m talking about the power/benefits of gratitude in today’s episode because I realize it’s such a powerful yet FREE but often overlooked habit that you and I need to cultivate in other to live happier and more productive lives.
In our age of social media, it’s very very easy to forget to be thankful for the blessings we enjoy because no matter what it is we’ve achieved, there’s usually someone on our Facebook timeline who has achieved even more. However, no matter how hard our lives or circumstances are or may seem, the truth remains that if you’re alive then you have multiple things to be thankful for and learning to acknowledge our blessings is a wise habit to cultivate.
So let’s get into the juice of today’s success smoothie. Here’s my list of the 4 benefits you’ll enjoy by being more thankful:
1. Being thankful improves your psychological health:
Research and my personal experience show that when we choose to acknowledge the good things in our lives, we’re less likely to feel negative emotions like frustration, depression, envy or regret. I learned about this first from the Bible, with scriptures like – “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” And ‘In everything give thanks.’ And as a result, any time I’m tempted to be envious or unhappy about any circumstance in my life, I make a conscious effort to start thanking God for specific blessings in my life and in all instances, the negative feelings eventually give way to joy as I begin to realize that although I don’t have this or that, I have many things to be thankful for.
So if you’ve been battling depression or frustration or envy, taking the time to write out all the things you are thankful for is sure to help take away your focus from what isn’t going like you hoped and will fix your focus on the things you have that someone somewhere is hoping and wishing and maybe even praying for. Thank God for your health, for every organ in your body, for your family or for loving friends or for a roof over your bed or a comfortable place to sleep… just think and write down 20 or more things and I’m confident you’re going to start feeling better about yourself and the opportunities that lie ahead of you.
2. Being thankful makes people like you:
No. I don’t believe anyone should try to make everyone like him or her. Ah, nah. That’s not possible, so it’s a waste of time to even try. However, I do understand that because we’re social creatures, we can only lead fulfilling lives by being friendly and nurturing the right kinds of relationships.
In light of this, it’s very helpful to point out that research shows grateful people are more likely to make new friends and are also more likely to deepen existing relationships than those who aren’t grateful. And when people ‘like’ you, they’re more willing to help you, or buy from you, or work with you or do a whole lot of other things with or for you that in turn helps you succeed in one or more areas of your life. So, if you’re serious about becoming successful, cultivating the habit of being thankful to God for the blessings you now enjoy and in showing appreciation to others, as often as possible is a smart thing to do.
I mean, just think about it. You meet two strangers struggling with their bags at the airport, you help them with their bags, one says thank you with a broad smile on their face and it other, doesn’t even bother to look at you as he/she rushes away. Tell me the truth, which one of them would you like to be friends with? If you’re like most people, you’d want to be friends with the stranger who showed appreciation than with the one who didn’t.
3. Being thankful improves your physical health:
In the Book of Proverbs we’re told – ‘Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.” And there’s research to back it up.
For instance, a 2009 research conducted by the National Institute of Health in the US, found out that subjects who showed more gratitude, in general, had higher levels of activity in the part of the brain called the hypothalamus. Since the hypothalamus controls our entire essential bodily functions like sleep, hunger, metabolism, growth, etc. the increased activity in the hypothalamus led to improved sleep, reduced depression, reduced feelings of stress, and fewer aches and pains.
4. Being thankful/appreciative makes you more hopeful and confident about the future (optimistic), which in turn makes you more willing to persist in pursuing your goals and then that persistence in the right direction eventually leads to success.
All successful people are persistent people. They don’t quit because of mistakes or failure or boredom. They persist. and usually, the reason why they can persist, even when others have given up is because they’re optimistic that their next effort will bring them the results they desire. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude, making the conscious effort to always count the things for which we’re thankful for, is one way we can keep from being discouraged as we realize that, if we were able to do x and y in the past, then we can find a way to overcome the new challenges we face.
I’m very certain you got a ton of value from today’s episode. Please let me know in the comments what new ways you’ll be committing to being more grateful, maybe keep a daily journal where you’ll write things you’re grateful for on a regular basis, or maybe just send a thank you text message or WhatsApp message to the special people in your life you haven’t remembered to thank over the past few months. Whatever it is you plan to do to cultivate more gratitude in your life, please share with us in the comments.
Also, to see the show notes for this episode and all previous episodes, simply visit ifeomang.com and if you don’t follow me on instagram or twitter, please do, my handle is @ifeoma_nkem (on instagram or twitter). Finally, thank you so much for being here. And as you live your life, do remember to make the most of where you are on the way to where you’re going. Cheers
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