• Shifali Gupta

Power of Gratitude is LIMITLESS! Practice it, embrace it, embody it.

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

How many times have you read or heard about expressing gratitude? And you go like, “Duh! I would if I had got ‘this problem’ figured out”. Or you think “Well, I am grateful for all the great things in my life, what’s the fuss about expressing it? Who’s even listening?” If you believe in god, you may point your finger at him / her (as per Ariana Grande), but if you happen to be an atheist, 'Who’s even listening?' is a big question.

Today, I am going to tell you an answer, that would not contradict with your atheist beliefs. An answer you can discern in your mind, without the origin of any 'woo-woo' thoughts. It is your body and then, it is your mind. Your body’s cells are always eavesdropping on your thoughts, so expressing gratitude would mean that you are no longer obsessing about your problems, and your body can now relax. Our fast-paced lives have left many people constantly living in a state of stress, which can wreak havoc on their bodies, causing them to experience a perpetual state of flight or fight response.

On the other hand, gratitude is synonymous with joy and peace. It signifies that you are no longer seeking something, and are in a state of contentment. This not only causes relaxation, but coaxes your body into releasing the feel good chemicals. Many scientific studies, including research by renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional well-being and physical health, than those who don’t.

Today, so many people reach for external substances to give them a sense of ‘high’, never knowing it is inherent in them, and that too absolutely free of cost and without any side-effects. So, why is nobody ever getting high on gratitude? Simply because we are never taught how and why of it. Because we are conditioned throughout our lives to feel lack, and dissatisfaction with our current circumstances. Our brains are not designed to feel grateful, they have been conditioned to constantly whine about their menial problems.

This makes gratitude a skill, a difficult but a valuable life-saving and life-enhancing skill, that you need to teach yourself consciously everyday, until it becomes second nature. I would quote the great Rumi here, he said 'Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every area of your life'. In this saying is a profound wisdom, which is lost on our generation, but it is never too late to start. Start NOW.

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