BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE AND WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED.Shams E Tabrez
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or drained by life during challenging times. It’s easy for negative sentiments and thoughts to creep in, making it tough to focus on the benefits. Gratitude, on the other hand, is a simple discipline that can assist to reduce unpleasant feelings. We examine the significance of being grateful.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GRATITUDE AND GRATEFULNESS?
Gratitude changes your emphasis away from what you don’t have to focus on what you do have.To learn how to practice thankfulness, we must first comprehend what it means to be grateful. When we are appreciative, we recognize how much we have and do not take our benefits for granted.It can be difficult to be appreciative when one has a lot. Because if your stomach is always full and you get a free dinner, it may not mean as much to you.
Who is the loser if someone gives you something and you accept it without gratitude? You! Because gratitude makes you feel lovely. It’s incredibly heartwarming, and you’ll think to yourself, “Life is great, and I’m so glad.”
We have a tendency to think of ourselves as a combination of body and intellect. I’m Pakistani, I’m Australian, I’m rich, I’m poor, I’m tall, I’m short, I’m fat, I’m skinny—these are some of the labels we use to describe ourselves.
If you want to feel grateful, you must first learn how to practice thankfulness and then put in the effort. It’s as though if you just leave the garden alone, the weeds will come in and take over. Similarly, if you just let yourself go, if you just let your life be, you will have no thankfulness. Gratitude is a nice thing, but it takes practice.
“How fortunate I am!” you must tell yourself every day. How fortunate I am to be alive, how fortunate I am to enjoy life, how fortunate I am to have an organic vegetable garden, how fortunate I am to have children, how fortunate I am to have my parents, and how fortunate I am to have a job.” “How fortunate I am not to have a job. In any case, there is a sense of gratitude, therefore it requires effort to recognize how fortunate you are.
Gratitude and Science
People who are more thankful are happier, have better relationships, are healthier, are less sad and worried, and make more progress toward attaining their goals, according to current scientific and psychological studies.
Furthermore, behavioral and psychological research has demonstrated the unanticipated life benefits that can result from thankfulness practice. Giving thanks improves people’s happiness and resilience, as well as their relationships. Gratitude is strongly and persistently connected with greater happiness in positive psychology research. Gratitude aids people in experiencing more positive emotions, appreciating wonderful experiences, improving their health, dealing with hardship, and developing great connections.
Gratitude Practice on a Daily Basis
Remind yourself to count your blessings every time you go inside your house.
The Great Provider is blessed, and he deserves our eternal gratitude.
Use the simple manners that our parents instilled in us, such as “please” and “thank you.”
Smile — it’s a wonderful gift to give someone and to see how you feel when they return your smile.
My resolve to find happiness in each moment has brought me everything good in my life.
I choose to be kind to myself and unconditionally love myself, and I return to the fundamentals of life: forgiveness, courage, gratitude, love, and laughter.
I’m humble, and I’m still learning every day.
GRATITUDE/ GRATEFULNESS FROM AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE
Let’s take a look at what Islam has to say about appreciation and happiness. Remembering and being thankful to God is one of God’s commandments. And one of the most effective ways to worship Him is in the manner He describes. God declares:
… don’t forget about Me; I’ll remember you. And remember to thank Me and to never be ungrateful. (2:152 in the Quran)
He goes on to say, “If you’re appreciative, I’ll shower you with more of my blessings”… 14:7 (Quran)
One of my favourite ways to practice gratitude is to listen to Surah Al Rehman once a day. It helps me feel more grateful and thankful for God’s many blessings. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful ways of praising God. When a man exhibits thanks, humility, and meekness toward his Creator, Allah is pleased. As a result, reciting Ar-Rahman is full of blessings.