“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.” -Elie Wiesel
I feel for the past so many years I have been really ungrateful for all the things I have got and get in life. I have been a cribber and I can crib for almost about anything and everything despite everything being at its best. I have never realised how fortunate I have been to get all these things and achievements. Thus for the word of the year I select GRATITUDE. I am going to find happiness in the small things and pleasures of life, appreciate what I have and above all acknowledge the importance of gratitude.
What is Gratitude?
According to the literal meaning form the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is “the state of being grateful”. While the Harvard Medical School defines gratitude as,
“A thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”.
Gratitude definitely makes people realise that they should be happy for what they have rather than always looking for new things in life to be happy. It allows people to sit back and analyse and be satisfied with what they have rather than the things they don’t. In the beginning, it does seem to be unrealistic but with practice, the feeling of gratitude becomes stronger with each passing day.
How I plan to Practice Gratitude:
I Shall Count my Blessings: Every one day of the week I shall count my blessings. I shall write about what brought me joy, happiness and did not make me look out for new things. I shall collect these notes in a jar so that at the end of the year I can again go through them reflecting the entire year to me.
I Shall Send Thankyou Notes: I will try to nurture my relationships by acknowledging them. I will try to send thank you notes to the people I treasure and to those who make a difference in my life positively. Maybe once in a blue moon, I shall address one to myself as well.
Pray: For some years I have not had a very good relationship with God. I intend to bridge the gap which has widened in these years. I will thank God for all the good things in my life and practice mindfulness.
Teach my Daughter about Gratitude: I shall try to inculcate a sense of gratitude in my daughter. Instilling gratitude in her from now will make her more appreciative of the good things, relationships and friends. But while doing this I have to make sure to set a good example for her by sharing with her what I am grateful for.
While I take on the word of the year, I shall also journal about my gratitude incidents monthly. Hopefully, I will start respecting what I have and not seek things and incidents to make me happy. I am sure by the end of the year I shall be surprised by the benefits that gratitude will bring me. 🙂
Linking this post to #WOTY2019 by Corinne at EverydayGyaan