Before I write something about how to practice gratitude, I would rather explain what gratitude is. It is the quality of being thankful, it is actually our readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.
Gratitude allows us to recognize good in our lives, it constantly reminds us about the great things going around us. Saying Thank you and practicing gratitude is clearly a good thing, the gesture and feelings are simple, but actually have a lot of benefits for both, the giver and the receiver. When someone receives a thankful appreciation, regardless of whether it is tangible or intangible, that emotion is priceless.
Let me tell you 5 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.
1. Get better sleep.
2. Improve your health.
3. Increase your happiness.
4. Become more resilient.
5. Gain peace of mind.
A study found that grateful people sleep longer per night and have an easier time falling asleep. It also boosts your happiness up to 25% which leads to contentment.
Above mentioned things are scientific facts or a brief description of gratitude, but let me tell you how it actually works in your life.
So a few years back, I faced an excruciating, aching disease. The pain I went through each day is something my words are unable to express. Despite consulting the best doctors and having heavy doses of medicines, the ache was not willing to go. The journey of my pain was so long that eventually, it leads to depression. Then there comes a point where not only my body but my mind too was all drained and exhausted. I actually gave up and lose all my hopes of getting myself back to normal. That was the time when I used to complain to Allah, why have You given this to me only and how long do I have to bear this.
Then one fine day, I was reading something, and suddenly this quote went through my sight, which changes my entire life.
“Allah never said the road would be easy…
But He said, “I will be with those who have patience”.
This actually changed my entire perception, instead of complaining I was thankful to Allah for all His blessings. This just not helped in healing my soul but it brings out a miracle in my life. After 5 years of acute pain and trauma, I got to know the surgery of this can be done (which was not possible previously).
“If Allah is making you wait, then be prepared to receive more than what you asked for”
“Indeed Allah is with the patient”
By Alifia Ali Asghar Antaria