3 Ways Gratitude Can Enhance Your Life

  • May 06, 2021

This content is an excerpt from a recent Medium Interview with Antonia Hock. To read the full interview, click here.

Daily gratitude can change just about every part of your life if you make it a root metaphor for your world. If you don’t already live this way, it can take discipline and work to integrate it into your mindset, but once you do, you will see some fundamental changes to your life:

Enhanced calm: In my experience, being grateful brings a sense of calm and peace. We live in such a fast-paced world that being grateful for things big and small all day long, grounds us and slows us down. The act to appreciate something is an act of control and choice, and I find that most people feel more collected and peaceful when they feel that sense of control over their choices. Gratitude is a positive choice we can all make at any time.

Improved relationships with others: Being grateful for your own life and the things in it often shifts your mindset in a more positive and optimistic direction. This, in turn, changes your attitude and that shows up in your approach to others. Bringing positivity into conversations, gestures, and actions makes people view their engagement with you differently. It may even change their perception of you — perhaps seeing you as a positive person, one they want to spend time with, or someone that can inspire others to see the best in a situation. Gratitude is contagious.

Positive trickle-down: When you find gratitude in your daily life, it starts to change other parts of your life. As an example, being grateful for your health, then thinking about why you have good health, and what would happen if you lost it, may change the way you think about eating, exercising, or inspiring others to care for their health. Being grateful can lead to inspiration, and inspiration can lead to actions that drive more opportunities to do good. That’s a virtuous process that can make a real positive and sustainable change in your life as well as the lives of others.

To view the full interview with Antonia featured on Medium please click here.