Blossoming Appreciation:

The Importance Of Gratitude

“Express gratitude for the greatness of small things.” – Richie Norton

In a world filled with so many people and so much inexplicable suffering, you must take the time to acknowledge and be grateful for even the smallest of comforts, pleasures or victories in your own life. Even the daily challenges you face should spark gratitude, as these oppositions are learning experiences, opportunities for you to improve your outlook and strengthen your resiliency. Some of the happiest people you’ll ever encounter have had to deal with an abundance of difficult, miserable situations in their lives. It is their ability to overcome, to continue to see the good in all things, that allows them to be grateful, joyous and motivated in spite of, or perhaps even because of, the hardships they’ve faced.

“The more grateful we are, the more we practice this in our everyday lives, the more connected we become to the universe around us.” – Stephen Richards

The purposeful cultivation of gratitude doesn’t just make you happier, it also makes you more aware and more conscious of your being in the present moment. To be appreciative of what’s around you requires a perspective that is alert, fully in tune and responsive to the here and now. It leads you down a path of deeper connection to everything in the universe around you, as it fosters a state of consciousness that seeks to observe and understand the extrinsic world more fully, so that you may then cherish it more absolutely.

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” – Eileen Caddy

Gratitude creates a climate of positivity not just in your own life, but in the lives of anyone you then interact with. It facilitates personal growth and makes you a more caring person, enriching the experiences of anyone you then interrelate with. When you begin to truly value everything in your life, you become far more likely to foster a spirit of creation instead of destruction, ultimately resulting in a higher likelihood of building the extrinsic world up, of imparting positivity to other people, rather than spitefully impeding or tearing them down.

“Every time we decide to be grateful it will be easier to see new things to be grateful for. Gratitude begets gratitude, just as love begets love.” – Henri Nouwen

On a psychological level, practicing gratitude leads to improvements in physical and mental health. As you engage in grateful thought patterns or behaviors, you actually strengthen your ability to return to these behaviors more readily and often in the future. Essentially, you condition yourself to see the world more positively and this enhances your perceived experience in life. As a result, you become increasingly less likely to feel depressed, or to ruminate on your misgivings, as you begin to see the negative fragments in your life as minimal or inconsequential. This is what it means to be the master of your own perspective.

“Give your all to every experience, feel it breath it appreciate it, nothing lasts forever, when it’s gone you’ll remember the feeling it once gave you and sometimes that’s enough.” – Nikki Rowe

Every day is a new opportunity to grow, to improve yourself and everything in the universe around you. Every moment is fleeting and can be relived only through your memories. Make your visions of the past as joyous as possible by being as grateful and positive in the present as you can. There is so much to be grateful for, seek to acknowledge it, to enjoy it, to live your life to the fullest.