How to Refill your Heart with Gratitude
Gratitude means being thankful from your heart. It upgrades the meaning of acknowledgment to appreciation because mere recognition of having something is not gratitude as to feel gratitude one must value what they possess and should cherish it as a blessing.
Gratitude is a great source of motivation since it uplifts our spirits and it extensively raises our self-awareness. It instills positivity into our hearts and our minds as to feel gratitude deeply one needs to delve their mind into thinking about what all good they possess and then they need to feel the goodness of owning it from the bottom of their heart. This is why gratitude is an altered form of meditation because it brings eternal happiness and joy to the person feeling it.
Gratitude is the direct source of positivity as it helps us valuing tangible possessions, and in relishing good experiences of our lives but to feel exactly the way gratitude should make us feel, we need to keep certain aspects in our mind such as:
1. Gratitude shouldn’t be Forced:
The basic fundamental of gratitude is to feel it from the heart. Until the feeling doesn’t derive directly from beneath the soul, it’s absolutely meaningless. Gratitude cannot be taught, or forced or implied on a person, it has to be felt naturally. The person must take their time to fully accept their life's situations, possessions, and thoughts, so they could process everything accordingly to grace every being of their lives. It indeed takes time to practice gratitude regularly but when you do it becomes effortless to feel thankful for every blessing you own.
2. Gratitude Should Be Continuous:
Our Acknowledgement and Appreciation for our lives, experiences and possession is not a one-time event. It is a continuous process of feeling positive from our heart that leads us into the direction of self-growth, therefore, we must train our soul to feel thankful for everything we come across in our lives, because even when something doesn’t explicitly feel like a blessing, the lessons we learn from it translates it into one and eventually, we start finding positivity in everything.
3. Gratitude should be Unconditional:
Gratitude should not be subjected to any conditions. It should be practiced with the ideology of “irrespective” because if we are adding any situation to feel grateful, then we are not feeling it right. The truest form of gratefulness is when we accept the things as they are and appreciate it for it the way it is without considering any possibility of its change.
4. Keep your Sources Open (observe every aspect of life)
Just like the way gratitude should not be conditioned, it should also not be restricted to a limited direction. One should welcome the feeling of gratefulness form every aspect of their life. For example, if you want a particular job, you shouldn’t limit the feeling of being grateful only to that job, instead, you must observe other areas of life and must feel gratitude for those things as well. This way you will start feeling abundance by accepting your surroundings and widening the scope of being grateful.
5. Cultivate Gratitude in different forms:
Just the way you should be open to the sources of feeling grateful in life, you should also be open to different ways of expressing your gratitude. Here are some of the common ways how people express their thankfulness:
The Psychological Implications of Gratitude have multiplied the significance of feeling grateful for everything in life. It channelizes one’s feeling towards positivity and diminishes all the negativity from the heart as the person practicing daily gratitude learns to see the positive side of every outcome which makes their life filled with happiness and inner contentment.