The Magic of Gratitude

“Gratitude is a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness and appreciation for life”

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The Magic of Gratitude

The word gratitude derives from the latin word “gratia” and means gratefulness or thankfulness. With gratitude people acknowledge and are conscious of all that is good in their lives.

Gratitude is a practice that we should engage in as often as possible. Dwelling in the energy of gratitude is powerful and enables us to receive more of what we are already grateful for.

The law of attraction means that we will attract into our life the things that we think about and focus on.  When we are consciously aware of our blessings and are grateful for them, we are focusing more clearly on what we do want and will attract more of the same, such as, good health, good friends and relationships, finances, employment, etc.

Gratitude is about noticing and being thankful for all the positive aspects of our lives and noticing and focusing on the goodness in the world.

Having an attitude of gratitude does not mean ignoring the negative stuff that we experience and witness in the world, it simply means that we never lose sight and focus of the good.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people to feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, deal with adversity, improve their health and build strong relationships.

Adopting an overall attitude of gratitude can be life changing. More and more of us are taking to making daily gratitude lists as a reminder of the many positive aspects of our lives.  Being in an appreciative state of mind leads to a positive transformation of our thought process.

I understand completely that it is not easy to be in a positive state of mind all of the time and it is ok to have negative thoughts and feelings occasionally. However, we should aim to try to cultivate a positive attitude and an attitude of gratitude as our default.

 

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”                     –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Some of the many benefits of gratitude are:

  • Gratitude increases mental strength – studies show that practicing gratitude can boost happiness and resilience. Resilience depends upon optimism and hope for the future, which is strengthened when you practice focusing on what you are grateful for and the positive things that already exist in your life.
  • Gratitude decreases stress and depression – being grateful reduces stress by taking our minds away from toxic emotions and helps us to focus more on the positive aspects of any situation that we may find ourselves in. Depression thrives on negative overthinking and leads to a downward spiral. Gratitude on the other hand helps to create more positive, optimistic thoughts instead of doubt, fear and hopelessness.
  • Gratitude helps to improve physical health – Research has shown that it can help with lowering blood pressure and maintaining a healthy immune system. Grateful people also tend to exercise more, take better care of their health and suffer from fewer pains and illnesses. A huge source of negative physical health comes from inflammation. Stress is a huge source of inflammation in the body. Gratitude reduces stress levels and can reduce inflammation and increase motivation to improve physical health./
  • Gratitude strengthens relationships – by propelling us to initiate, maintain and strengthen relationships. Expressing gratitude towards those around us makes for a closer and more satisfying and invested relationship.
  • Gratitude can help you sleep better – Research in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research has found that feeling grateful aids people in sleeping better and longer. This has been attributed to a calmer nervous system. When you sincerely cultivate gratitude throughout the day, you’re more likely to get a better night’s sleep.
  • Gratitude has been shown to boost self esteem and confidence – If we can practice focusing on the positive aspects of our lives, including our strengths and unique abilities, this will help to improve our self esteem and confidence. When we are grateful, we feel better about our lives and do not feel the need to make unhealthy comparisons with others. Gratitude enables us to recognise positively that there is room for everyone to be happy and successful. A grateful attitude is a form of love towards ourselves and others, which is vital for a happy life.
  • Gratitude helps increase energy levels – People who are stressed and depressed tend to be sluggish and lack energy and motivation. Gratitude can help to improve mood and outlook on life and thereby increase energy levels.

Gratitude is a powerful means of transforming your mind so that you are focused more on the positive aspects and possibilities that exist in your life.  It is difficult to see the positives when you are feeling depressed and anxious.

Bear in mind that negative thoughts can distort reality and that there are always positives even if you don’t see them straight away.

“Every cloud has a silver lining. Locate the silver lining and stay focused on it. Once you are predominantly focused  on that silver lining, the cloud will soon disappear.”

Ways to Practice Gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal and or make a daily written list of at least 3 things that you are grateful for. This is a good and effective way of practicing gratitude.
  • You can also practice gratitude by being mindful of your surroundings and trying always to be focused on the present moment. Learn to appreciate what’s around you and your experiences.  Try to appreciate that most experiences ultimately are working towards your greater good even when simply teaching you something about yourself.
  • Believe that your life is an amazing work in progress and be grateful for who you are.

Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher has conducted several studies on the link between gratitude and well being. His conclusion is that gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.

I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE UNIVERSE IS ALWAYS CONSPIRING TO HELP US BECOME THE VERY BEST VERSIONS OF OURSELVES.  THIS SOMETIMES MEANS THAT PARTS OF OUR LIVES HAVE TO UNDERGO A TRANSFORMATION. SUCH TRANSFORMATION IS NOT ALWAYS PRETTY, JUST LOOK AT WHAT A CATERPILLAR  HAS TO GO THROUGH IN ORDER TO BECOME A BEAUTIFUL SOARING BUTTERFLY. THINKING THIS WAY HELPS ME TO “KEEP MY EYE ON THE PRIZE” ACKNOWLEDGING AND GIVING THANKS FOR EACH STAGE OF MY JOURNEY. 

I HOPE THIS SOMEHOW RESONATES WITH YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS.

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20 thoughts on “The Magic of Gratitude”

    1. It’s important to feel and express gratitude . And this blog reminds us of the positivity we can achieve if we are mindful of this.

  1. Very interesting ,inspiring and uplifting blog. Just what we all need in these times of uncertainty. I am a new convert to Coaching. Found it very useful especially during lockdown. Would highly recommend. 👍🙏

  2. Very interesting ,inspiring and uplifting blog. Just what we all need in these times of uncertainty. I am a new convert to Coaching. Found it very useful especially during lockdown. Would highly recommend. 👍🙏

  3. I have known Antonia for many years, she is a confident positive person who I respect and adore because she is persistent and will help you in anyway possible. Antonia has emotionally supported me through hard times and given me the confidence to be the best I can be. Thank you

  4. I totally agree. I myself always say there is a blessing and lesson from each experience and every cloud has a silver lining. Having also gone through a tough background, I can attest to the fact, there is always so much to be grateful for, you don’t have to look hard to find it. It can be as simple as being healthy and alive and working from there.

  5. This really resonated with me.
    I often feel grateful for all that I have but should make a conscious effort to appreciate it more.

  6. Daniel Geller

    Very wise words from you, Antonia. This is really helpful practically. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Antonia for many years and she is an awesome amazing person who is perfectly suited to being an inspirational life coach. She has accomplished a lot of achievements in her life and she has helped me to better myself personally and professionally. I highly recommend Antonia.

  7. There is always something or someone in our lives that we can be grateful for. The expression of gratitude and daily practice of gratitude journaling, helps reduce stress and inflammation in the body and brings you into the present moment. It retrains the brain towards a more optimistic way of thinking, enabling you to set and achieve your life goals with more ease. Getting a good coach on board can certainly help with this and Antonia is highly recommended. Thank you for this wonderful blog and for all you do!

  8. Inspiring and uplifting blog Antonia. We definitely need to be the very best of ourselves!

  9. barbara scheck

    This is soooo true! Whenever I catch myself feeling low, I think about what I have and take for granted and recognise how truly fortunate I am and I am grateful. This lifts my spirit immensely.

    Thanks for this. A daily dose will go a long way.

  10. Karen Browne

    Having known ‘the indigo life coach’ aka Antonia for over 40 years. I can honestly say that this is her true calling. We were at primary school together and she was always the one to tell you the stuff that you didn’t want to hear but you knew that it would be to your benefit. I guess that’s the lawyer in her. Her serene approach to this hectic life is refreshing and completely genuine.
    Her uncompromising and “bigger picture” attitude to the problems that life can throw at us make her a true warrior. She doesn’t suffer fools but at the same time is deeply compassionate. She really is someone to have on your side and I’m lucky enough to call her my friend.
    LOL .. I only meant to say what a unique and uplifting website she has created. It’s just so Antonia! Oh and I love the blogs xxx

  11. A very powerful tool. I have been engaged with this positive approach… it really helps one keep perspective when times are testing.

  12. Michiel Willems

    I could not agree more. We need to think in solutions, chances, opportunities; not problems or risks. And life is so much more fun when you approach it positively. Thanks for this interesting and uplifting post.

  13. This is so important. Thank you for a good read and a reminder of the importance of gratitude.

  14. I really love that you’ve taken this path in life Antonia, being a life coach sounds amazing and more so you have the character to make it amazing. Wishing you all the best going forward. Thoroughly enjoyed the articles on this site. Stay happy and blessed.

  15. Gratitude helped me through lockdown. Being on my own for weeks at a time was a trial, and I struggled.
    When I felt sorry for myself I had to have a word with myself… I had a job still, family was healthy, I was getting fitter through daily runs, I didn’t have the commute, the weather was amazing. When I spoke to people I could see that for many covid and lockdown had a terribly high cost – much more than for me, and actually I am doing ok. I am grateful for that.

  16. Gratitude helped me through lockdown. Being on my own for weeks at a time was a trial, and I struggled.
    When I felt sorry for myself I had to have a word with myself… I had a job still, family was healthy, I was getting fitter through daily runs, I didn’t have the commute, the weather was amazing. When I spoke to people I could see that for many covid and lockdown had a terribly high cost – much more than for me, and actually I am doing ok. I am grateful for that.

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