The great and wonderful power of gratitude

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Elia Tabuenca García
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Thank you. Or how a simple word manages to make a gesture feel appreciated, to give lightness to our inner world.

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Thank you. Or how a simple word manages to make a gesture feel appreciated, to give lightness to our inner world. Of course this is true when thanking - however fundamental - is not just a practice, a matter of good manners, a formal gesture "requested" by society but an authentic expression.





According to psychology positive gratitude is a feeling of appreciation - for something or for someone - which produces lasting positivity. But it is also a more general feeling, aimed at Life, which arises when one enters the magic of infinite possibilities and wonder.

The difference, always, lies in our gaze, in our interpretation of the things that happen to us and those that surround us: the feeling of gratitude allows us to enter into a different relationship with each event of our life, to appreciate everything more.

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For example we can try gratitude and gratitude for the sun that returns every day, to give us its light and its warmth and - on another level - a spiritual information of unconditional love for all; for our home, which hosts and welcomes us, which is a nest and refuge and a safe harbor, a place of intimacy and safety; we can be thankful for the beauty that nature gives us and allows us to harmonize our organism and connect to universal harmonies.

We can be grateful for the chair we are sitting on, because it welcomes us; for the pigeon that looks out of the window and looks at us or even for the work colleague who is bothering us because, precisely that annoyance can tell us about the parts of us that - obviously - it is time to consider, nourish, sweeten, love.

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It is certainly true, however, that to develop gratitude - which is basically like a muscle: the more you train, the more you get in tune with that language, with that kind of feeling - and the easier it is to start from the beauty, from the kindness received. How to do?



Here are some possible "exercises" for developing gratitude

  1. To spread atti altruistic (i.e. doing but without expecting anything in return) for the benefit of those we know or even strangers, if the situation allows it ...

  2. Everyday, to thank openly for every gesture, behavior, attention received

  3. Every morning, as soon as you get up, feel gratitude and give thanks for at least 10-15 things / situations in our life

  4. To write and then deliver - possibly in person - one thank you letter to those who have done something small or big for us .. and have never or really been thanked specifically.

  5. Hold a diario and, every night, write at least 10 things from the past day that you are grateful for.
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Practicing these exercises allows you to develop a loving and grateful inner attitude that feeds on gifts of Life, which it manages to sustain in difficult moments, which opens up to the wonder "hidden" in everyday events.

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For (any) skeptics, there is no lack of scientific support: studies show that gratitude is good for the heart, it induces a reduction in cortisol (stress hormone). Not only that: the grateful people they are more agreeable, open and less neurotic, less depressed and more satisfied, they have a richer and happier social and relational life. The attitude of gratitude also improves life as a couple, making the relationship more solid and lasting.



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