We work hard for our money. We strive for it, pray for it, and often complain about not having enough of it. Oddly enough, the biggest reward one can receive has nothing to do with money or material possessions.
The ability to appreciate what you have, lack or surplus, is the gift we really want.
Here are three ways to get more in life by being grateful.
By: Naimah Qazi
Be Open To Having More
Contentment is one of the best benefits of gratitude. When you are content with what you have, you are more likely to open yourself up to blessings.
“If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more,” is a promise from the Quran that encourages me to remain grateful with everything that I have. Be open to the idea that the universe wants you to have more in life. If you are a spiritual person, believe that God wants you to have more in life. Having more starts with being grateful for what you have already.
Even if you are not a religious person, realize that when you show gratitude, you will radiate a positive energy that attracts good people, good circumstances, and good things to you.
Give Thanks For Small Things
Giving thanks for small things is more important than we know. A lot of the resources which we take for granted are what the majority of developing countries are dying for: food, clean water, a job that allows you to earn an honest living, indoor plumbing, having your limbs, sight, and speech intact, family and good friends.
We often overlook these small blessings, but these are the things to be grateful for the most.
Photo by: Brooke Cagle
I personally get excited over small things, like finding a parking space with ease, having a really sweet waitress, my uncle cooking my favorite meal, or my niece giving me a surprise visit.
If you have ever heard of the saying, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with very much,” then you know that giving thanks for the small things can go a long way.
Credit the Source
If you make it a point to credit the source, the source will continue to provide you with more benefits. For example, if your spouse goes out of his or her way to give you a massage after a long day of work, give credit where it is due. If your co-worker buys you a cup of coffee or lunch, show gratitude. If you pray for something and your prayer is answered, give thanks.
When you credit your source of favor and blessings, know that people will be more likely to do more things for you. No one likes to be unappreciated and letting people know that you notice their efforts will benefit you tons. A good way to show gratitude is by appreciating yourself. Read Kimberly’s article “Self-Love is the Best Way to Show Gratitude” to learn how to do this.
Make it a part of daily dialog to say phrases that ring true to you. Some statements of gratitude that may work for you are: “Thank God,” “Thank you so much,” “God is good!” and “Life is great.”
Having the feeling of thankfulness provides us with an internal sense of happiness, which intrinsically relays the feeling of peace. Gratitude is a gift that keeps giving and sets us up for having more in life.
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*Featured Image by Manuel Moreno*
About the Writer:
Naimah Qazi is a foodie, public service volunteer, and Southern California native. Through her work with non-profit organizations, she hopes to bring joy and spiritual food into the lives of others.