Would you describe your life as joyous? Do you actively practice gratitude or count your blessings? Joyful people are typically grateful people – the act of practicing gratitude invites joy into our lives, as well as our relationships.
Gratitude is an attitude of thankfulness. This state of mind can apply to gratitude for tangible or intangible things – such as a home, a job, a new car, physical health, and the relationships in our lives. People who have high levels of gratitude and practice gratitude in their lives tend to have more peaceful and harmonious expereinces than those who do not.
The experience of gratitude is always here-and-now. We can give thanks, and feel blessed in the present moment. Settling into the present moment, we reveal our authentic being and are able to connect with what we are truly grateful for. When we choose to practice being present and grateful often, we will see and feel a shift into a joyous state in our present situations.
Many relationships suffer from neglect. In our busy lives we create time for email, phone calls, paying bills, errands, cooking, and our children’s busy schedules. Often times our attention to our partner – personal, exclusive, caring, loving attention – gets pushed aside as we go along with our hectic schedules.
Gratitude plays a significant role in the elevation of our relationships. Expressing our appreciation for one another is perhaps more important than anything else we do together. When we do so on a regular basis, our relationships are strengthened and empowered. Relationships improve when there is purposeful recognition of the various contributions each person makes – the preparation of a meal or the upkeep of the household. To thank one another for simply being in our lives is also enough to make a difference. When the practice of gratitude fills a relationship, both individuals and the relationship are continually renewed.
Simple And Fun Ways To Practice Gratitude
- Keep a gratitude journal. Get into the habit of writing down what you are thankful for either in the morning soon after you wake up or at night before you go to sleep. Or both times – the more practicing of gratitude, the more joy!
- Say something out loud each day that you are grateful for. Many families say a prayer at dinner, following it up by saying something you are grateful for is a fun way to practice gratitude – also you would be saying it aloud for your loved ones to hear and give them the chance to appreciate your gratitude.
- Tell your partner how you appreciate what they do, day in and day out, along with the small specifics.
- Put extra thought into showing your gratitude towards your partner. Perhaps pick up a bouquet of flowers or plan to make them one of their favorite meals.
Small thoughtful gestures and a little everyday gratitude towards your partner can yield a great deal of happiness and help strengthen relationships. Practicing gratitude is a joyful window into seeing what is going on in your spouse’s and children’s lives.