Climbing the ladder of success can be a gruesome, arduous ordeal, whether you are climbing through the ranks of a corporation or building/maintaining your own business. You know how stressful life can become with lines of communication, deadlines, bottom lines, and worry lines for all the world to see.
The good news is, you can bring your stress level down by being thankful. Neuroscience backs this up as well. Gratitude is defined by psychologists as a positive emotional response an individual perceives when giving or receiving a benefit from another person.
Change the way you perceive things. For example, when something negative happens or when you begin to feel stressed about an event or situation, turn your mind to a few things for which you are grateful. For example, you have a difficult client; think of your best client, think of the positive things you can learn from working with challenging clients and how working those things out makes you and your business better. Regular, small shifts in your thinking can result in big dividends over time.
Another excellent way to develop a stronger sense of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Many people have found this practice to be one that not only increases their sense of gratitude, the act of writing reduces stress too. A journal also provides a record of positives you can look back on when the going gets rough.
The Benefits of Gratitude
A higher level of happiness means a lower level of stress. You will find that people who practice gratitude on a regular basis tend to stay calm in the midst of chaos, they seem to be able to focus on the positives in negative situations and they generally seem to be happy people.
A high level of gratitude has been shown through research to have a positive effect on the body and mind. It helps individuals become more stress resilient and helps reduce anxiety as well as a variety of other negative emotions. Gratitude is not a cure-all for what ails today’s world, but it certainly plays a big role in making lives better and allowing people to have a clearer perception of the good vs. negatives.
Generosity and Gratitude
The cultivation of gratitude decreases negative perceptions and puts them in perspective. Whereas an individual may have once focused on lack, developing a sense of gratitude fosters a more generous spirit. In fact, neuroscientists have discovered that small acts of generosity actually help cultivate feelings of gratitude. Gratitude and generosity seem to go hand in hand.
As we enter this season of thanksgiving and gift-giving, take time to explore the many things in your life for which you can be grateful. Go beyond your family and friends and you will find an ocean of things coming to mind. You may desire to reach out to others and let them know of your gratitude for the good they have brought into your life.
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