The Compounding Power of Gratitude
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
– Eckhart Tolle
When COVID-19 began ravaging the world in 2020, everyone thought that there would be a cure in no time. Lifestyle changes such as staying indoors, maintaining social distancing and forgoing social activities felt like exceptions a couple of years ago. Today, they have all but become a part of daily routine. In the past, you would check if you’d carried essentials like your purse/wallet, watch and handkerchief before stepping out—now, there’s an addition to that list—your mask.
With Coronavirus getting the world down, it is easy to forget about the good things that already exist in life. But because Coronavirus is getting us down, it is more important than ever to remember and celebrate the good in life.
Research shows that having a grateful mindset is key to being happy irrespective of the situation you may be in. Grateful people tend to sleep better, experience less stress and mental health concerns like depression, and make better lifestyle choices as compared to those who are not grateful.
Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? Be grateful! However, as with most things in life, saying it is way simpler than actually putting the advice into action. Sometimes it is difficult, if not impossible, to be grateful. With work-from-home grating on your nerves, 1000 chores to complete and the stress of daily living pressing down on you, it is understandable to wonder what there is to be grateful about!
While running behind big-ticket happiness items, we often forget the simpler things in life—the presence of loved ones, food on the table, a warm bed to sleep in, and peace of mind. The trick with gratitude is understanding that it is an action that you can make yourself do. Once gratitude becomes a habit, you will find it easy to intentionally think of the good things in life. Start with writing a quick note in your journal or phone— “I am grateful for…” Name three things that you are grateful for today, both big and small.
Do it daily, do it with intention, and do it with a smile. You’ll be thankful that you did.