Five Ways To Intentionally Show Gratitude
Why is it so hard to show gratitude?
Why is it so hard to show gratitude? The reasons may differ from one person to another. Studies show gratitude may feel a little “touchy-feely “for some people according to psychologytoday.com, and they feel the subject of gratitude is not for them. Others may feel they do not have time for gratitude journals or the practice of gratitude. Before we discuss the ways to intentionally show gratitude let’s look at the dictionary meaning of the words.
How To Intentionally Show Gratitude
The meaning of being intentional and showing gratitude
What does it mean to be intentional or show gratitude? It simply means to make a conscious effort to be thankful for the things you have accomplished or the things that are done for you, no matter how small. Moreover, the Collins Dictionary defines the word, “intentionally” [as an action]performed by express intention, [or] deliberate.” In the Oxford Dictionary, “gratitude” means the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
Five ways to intentionally show gratitude
The five ways we can intentionally show gratitude are as follows:
1. Get a gratitude journal: Write down what you are grateful for and practice saying them at least three times a week. Do not expect too much from your gratitude practice as it takes time for you to start feeling different and having a different outlook on life. It’s like going to the gym on day one and expecting to lose weight right away.
2. Look at your environment: Instead of feeling impatient about life, think about your environment and community, you will find people in a worse position than you. Take in the beauty of nature, the trees, the animals, and your ability to breathe. All these are wonders and will help reduce stress
3. Gratitude is part of self-care: Show yourself care by thinking of all God has done for you, and how others have helped you along life’s journey. Experts say gratitude is great but cannot fix anxiety and depression. They recommend seeing a professional. I also believe God can heal anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and uses the healing verses in the Holy Scriptures.
4. Show gratitude by helping others: “Helping other people can be a cure, Not just for those who are in need but for your soul as well,” says www.AwesomeQuotes4U.com. When you pour into others by lending a helping hand, smiling, and encouraging you also heal.
5. Show gratitude to those close to you: Verbalize and show gratitude to your friends and loved ones. Do not take those who contribute to your life for granted. Your gratitude to them will strengthen your relationships.
Conclusion: This time of the year we celebrate Thanksgiving but we must be intentional about showing gratitude through the good and the bad, hard as it may be. Let’s learn to be intentional about showing gratitude. I would conclude by sharing a quote from James E. Frost, which says, “As with all commandments, gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us. “