Do you think you’re a grateful person or an ungrateful person in your relationships?
Did you know that when you express more gratitude towards people, you can extend your life? You also bring more happiness and satisfaction into your life. Gratitude can increase your life satisfaction and allow you to become more optimistic. Gratitude can, also decrease anxiety, depression, possessiveness and envy. Worth exploring right?
There are so many reasons for us to practice being grateful! Overall, having a grateful mindset allows us to become more selfless and more compassionate towards others. Gratitude also fuels our ability to heal ourselves, heal others, energize and change the world.
Having a grateful mindset, is by no means, the same as feeling momentary gratitude toward someone who did a kind deed for you. Instead, a grateful mindset is feeling a sense of gratitude for everything good or bad that show up in your life.
In relationships, especially in romantic relationships, it’s so easy for us to take our partners for granted.
The thing is, whatever attracted us and drew us into wanting to be in a relationship with our partners, weens over time. Research shows that couples get used to all the kind things their partners do for them, which leads to one partner feeling neglected and the other demonstrating ungrateful patterns towards the other. This is because we tend to take on so many responsibilities, so much so that we feel like we’re being pulled in two different directions at all times and forcing us to sacrifice our personal and romantic relationships in the process.
We’ve all pretty much experienced this in our relationships. We allow ourselves to become so busy with work, school, kids and other commitments that our personal relationships just fall to the wayside.
It is believed that over time, couples who stayed together for longer periods, especially relationships over five years, demonstrate a higher decline in their satisfaction with each other. People in romantic relationship’s experience ups and downs in their feelings towards their partners from day-to-day. According to Sara B. Algoe, Ph.D., they even experience a decline in their feelings towards each other during their most satisfying and grateful periods together. Some other findings also show that when people express gratitude towards each other, they feel way more interested in being in that relationship, whether it’s platonic or romantic and gratitude can do that for so many people.
The simple truth about this is, if you want to experience more gratitude in your life, you must practice having a grateful mindset. Here are a few simple tips that have helped me and can help you with cultivating more gratitude in your life.
Take a deep breath in and a deep breath out, centre yourself to find a peaceful state of mind. Once you’ve achieved this, allow yourself to drift back to the beginning of your relationship. Remember all the wonderful things your partner did for you at the beginning of your relationship all the way up to the present moment. Now, observe how receiving those kind words, things or gestures made you feel. Then write them down on the FREE gratitude printable that was provided. Click here to download now.
Look your partner deep in the eyes and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life and how grateful you are, for whatever it is that they did for you and how it made you feel.
Remember to always be authentic and honest with your partner. Be open and speak your truth so that they can know that you’re sincere.
Every day we should make a conscious effort to look at the little things and give thanks to the universe for them.
Be thankful you have breath to breathe in and out so you can stay alive, thankful for the roof that you have over your head that allows you to have a place to sleep at nights, thankful for the money in your bank account that you’re able to use it to buy your meals, thankful for your feet that you’re able to use it to get from point A to point B, thankful for your mouth because you are able to use it to speak your truth and thankful for your ears because you are able to use them to hear your truth.
In the midst of the most stressful and busiest times in our life, we need to make the conscious effort to stop and centre ourselves. We need to do the things within our relationship that needs our close attention. Like, applying more gratitude towards the other person when we feel the pull to express our thanks to them for being in our lives.
When couples share with each other how grateful they are to have each other, they feel better about their relationships and become more committed to their relationships — more so than the people who feel grateful towards their significant other, but are afraid to share it with them.
When we show gratitude for the little things people do for us, we are better able to express it right back to them, whether it’s a platonic relationship, a business relationship or a romantic relationship and when we do this action, we boost their appreciation and gratitude towards the relationship. When people are grateful, they want to do more kind things to enhance the well-being of everyone around them.
Thank you for stopping by to read and watch to my humble offering. I am deeply grateful to you all. If you found this post helpful, please leave a comment in the comment section below and share it with your network of amazing people.
Never forget that you’re here to enhance the world with your light and love, so go out and brighten someone’s world today.
With a heart full of love and tons of gratitude!