Gratitude and Self-Love
Gratitude and self-love go hand-in-hand. Expressing gratitude boosts self-esteem, which in turn can help you build or strengthen self-love. When you take a minute to consider how much you have accomplished, for yourself or others, you feel empowered, efficient. Often, people tend to focus on the failures, or negative experiences in their lives. Learning how to be grateful for the good things in your life can help reverse that trend and put you on a path toward self-love and a more positive outlook on life.
Things Could Be Worse
Things could always be worse. That in itself is something to be grateful for. At least no one was hurt in that car accident. You might have been robbed, but at least you still had enough to pay the bills. It might seem hard to savor the positive in those specific examples, but try to look for silver linings every day, despite the circumstances. Slowly you will find that you will be able to lessen the blow of a negative situation in learning how to appreciate what didn’t go wrong, or isn’t so bad.
Gratitude can be a huge help with the stress in your life. You may be five minutes late for work every day, no matter how hard you try, but you can be thankful for the fact that your boss values your contributions to your job enough to overlook something that might be grounds for dismissal for someone else. And in times of trauma, gratitude can be a huge coping method. Even though you may have just suffered a mighty blow to your life, being grateful that things could have been worse, and that you are still alive to see another day, is an effective way to draw your focus away from the negative, and eventually adjust and move on.
Be Thankful for Yourself
Being happy with who you are is something to be thankful for in itself. So many people walk around every day, upset with themselves because of something arbitrary, usually something they could change. Being grateful for yourself is the cornerstone of self-love; the more you are able to develop your sense of self-love, the more you will be able to be grateful for what is around you, and vice versa.
If you have a people-pleasing personality, you may find it hard at first to put your own thoughts and feelings before others, but the more you make yourself aware of yourself, the easier it will be to learn self-love, and to be thankful for it.
Appreciating yourself helps you build your self-esteem and self-worth as well. And all of these things combine to help you create a positive body image, as well as a positive inner sense of self. Being grateful for your body can really help when you’re sick or injured. It might just give you the added jolt you need to appreciate your life, despite facing a current downturn.
Help Others with Gratitude
As you are learning about how gratitude can help you with self-love and having a better outlook on life in general, look around you. Is there someone in your life who might benefit from what you now know? Is there a way you can help them see how gratitude works? Being able to help others is something to be grateful for, and in this situation, you can even be thankful that you are helping someone learn to be thankful!