Embrace gratitude to attend serenity
We always fold our hands in front of God to seek their blessings. In the name of ‘Prayer’ ask to accomplish our wishes, unmindful of the benefits and blessings God impart us. Good health, born into a well to do family etc. the blessings with which we are blessed are of no virtue to us. We overlook the boons and lament for the unachieved. This is the reason we fail to pay our gratitude to God.
Always be thankful for what you have, many people have nothing.
Gratitude means be thankful for what you have. Practice of gratitude makes you more satisfied, as your greed for more sheds away. You attain a sense of fulfilment, and begin to appreciate the favors which you got.
My father introduced me with this sublime feeling of gratitude and I am grateful for that. I recall my sheepishness as a child asking for my most desired things from God, in the name of prayer. It was my innocence and ignorance that I assumed that prayers meant to ask for longings.
My father acquainted me with my idiocy. He manifested the true meaning of prayer. “Fold your hands to say thank you for what you have, not for asking what more you want.”
He taught me prayer means saying thank you for everything. Gratitude is the way of acknowledging everything that you receive. Everyone has good and bad days in life, but if you feel grateful, you are aware of your blessings.
Gratitude is the source of happiness, if you practice it in your life, you keep enjoying its benefits. It has a wholesome effect on you.
- Reduces stress
- Improves relationship status
- Boosts mental health
- Makes you happier and more resilient
Gratitude is a vital practice as it enhances you as a better version of yourself. It makes you more vigilant towards observing and listening to others.
Tips to practice gratitude
- Write down a list of 3 to 5 things for which you are grateful, first thing in the morning or before going to bed.
- Write a gratitude letter to a person who has exerted a positive influence in your life
- Go few days without complaining, criticizing or gossiping
Practicing and adopting this art of gratitude will aid all. As nowadays we are going through a turbulent crisis, because of the havoc created by the pandemic. Gratitude has the power that makes you shift your perspective, calm your fear, anxiety and helps in maintaining a positive outlook in these circumstances of uncertainty.
In recent times our prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi depicted an incredible example of social gratitude. He urged Indian citizen to applaud, together to show gratitude for the frontline workers fighting bravely against the novel corona virus. This gesture of him got recognized and appreciated worldwide.
Religion advocate Gratitude
All religions advocate this noble emotion in human. In day to day life we try to adhere to this feeling by celebrating or paying homage to certain sections of society…
- Celebrating Teacher’s days – By paying homage to their teaching
- Respecting Soldiers for their scarification towards society
- Celebrating ‘Thanks giving days’ for the harvest and other blessings of the past year
But, there are many other sections which are taken for granted. Their deeds never become worthy of our attention and we fails to acknowledge their efforts.
I recollect one scene from famous Hindi movie ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, where the main character Munna bhai shows gratitude towards a frustrated sweeper mopping in Hospital. His display of gratefulness melted the heart of the sweeper and changed his attitude.
Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness
Gratitude gives pleasure to both ‘the Giver’ and ‘the Receiver’. This helps to improve spirit in oneself resulting in, improved quality of work. Let’s be grateful for all people around you, who makes your life easy without getting noticed.
Practicing Gratitude not only give us a feeling of satisfaction, it also improves the quality of work of the receiver. Its contagious, one person will inspire many more and will bring happiness in the world, and calm the anxiety in people.