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Gratitude is the ultimate game-changer. Incorporating “thank you” into all things, big or small, can do miracles in a person’s life. Who wouldn’t want that?

Saying “thank you” produces many surprising yet beautiful things. Some of these effects are even life-changing in so many ways. Gratitude is the act or a person’s quality of being appreciative or thankful. It can be an expressed thanks directed towards oneself or appreciation towards others. 

Being grateful varies from person to person. Not all times can a person be thankful for something since not all days are full of sunshine and rainbows. There will always be those days when clouds cover the sun, and the person would feel the effect of the shadows more than the sunlight trying to break through. 

So it goes in real life. It’s natural for a person to be all-day smiling and saying thank you for every tiny little thing when they’re having a good day, but it’s also human for a person to have not an ounce of will left to even whisper a “thanks” during a bad day. These bad days, albeit natural and realistic, are the challenges that need to be overcome with the power of gratitude. 

Grace Maier-Crook’s Innerlight’s Eat and Drink My Words is a memoir, a poetry book about the inner self and a lifetime of verbal abuse experienced by the author. It shared how the author faced life’s adversities and managed to survive and live a happy life. There are so many things that a person can be grateful for in this life. And in the case of Grace Maier-Crook, gratefulness presented itself by being a survivor and winning over her life’s challenges.

The Power of “Thank You”

Not many people realize this, but many benefits can come from being grateful for every small thing, and some of these benefits are even miraculous-like. Some call being thankful counting blessings, and others call it optimistic. 

Here are some of the fantastic payoffs of having a grateful character. 

Increase Sense of Self-Esteem

Gratitude produces a positive impact on a person’s overall mental health, which includes boosting their self-esteem. A person with an appreciative outlook towards life will revert more towards optimistic feelings and thoughts rather than dwelling on negative perspectives. Gratitude builds resiliency against stress and insecurity, which can boost the sense of self-worth and self-esteem. 

Fights Against Anxiety and Depression

Gratitude is an effective tool against mental health problems, especially against anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are often linked to being self-critical, criticizing, attacking one’s self, or even self-punishing. Being grateful makes an individual gentler, more kind towards their shortcoming, and more compassionate. 

If a person is less self-critical and less self-punishing, they become more at ease with whatever circumstances they find themselves in. 

Invites Blessings to Come In

This is the law of attraction; people’s thoughts attract the same quality of life. Positive thinking harvest positive results and opportunities, while negative thinking produces negative consequences. Hence, the more a person is grateful and appreciative, the more they attract abundance and blessings in their life.   

Start Cultivating a Grateful Attitude

It can be challenging to maintain a grateful character all the time, but it’s not something impossible to do. It all begins with having the right mindset and the will to do a life transformation. 

Here are some tips to get a person down that road of gratitude-filled life. 

Gratitude Journal

One of the best practices to cultivate a grateful attitude is to keep a journal of everything beautiful that happened to the person. It could be noting down gifts, benefits, and all other things that a person received that made them feel good about themselves. The journal will be a constant reminder of all the positive things that happen to the person, which can help counter the effect of any bad day. 

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the state of mind of being conscious and aware of the present moment. It is about acknowledging one’s actions, thoughts, and feelings coursing through their body. 

Mindfulness can help a person get in touch with reality and see things differently. So, if a person is about to burst out in anger, mindfulness practice can help them step back, take a deep breath, and take a different route of action that they wouldn’t regret doing compared to doing things out of anger. Mindfulness can also help an individual shift through all the adversities and see the blessings and opportunities behind the challenges.  

To practice mindfulness, start doing a simple meditation. Do some deep breathing techniques, and live in the moment, focused and rooted to the ground. 

Prayers of Gratitude

Prayers of gratitude are often considered the most effective form of worship. The same with the law of attraction; when a person prays in thanksgiving, the more that they attract abundance and positive opportunities to flow into their lives. An individual could start by saying a simple prayer of thanks before or after each meal or if something good happened along the way. 

Incorporate “Thank You” into Habits

This means saying “thank you” as a form of good manners or respect. When someone opens the door, the person walking in should say thank you. If a person receives a small token, they should say thank you. Always say thank you at any opportunity, whether big or small. 

The Game-Changer Habit

Instilling a grateful heart and mind requires will, passion, and determination. It requires a mindset, a choice to live a life free from the binds and cuffs of negativity. Just think, the only thing that life needs from people to be happy and free is just one simple yet powerful phrase: and that phrase is a life-changing “thank you.”   

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