Last night I was at a workshop discussing this very topic, it was so thought provoking I thought it would be nice to share it with you.
To set the scene we watched this inspiring TED talk. Its well worth a watch as it can give you a better introduction to the topic than I can write. This is David Steindl-Rast a monk and interfaith scholar talking about how we all want to be happy.
Lets set the scene
The main points taken from the TED talk
There were 7 people in the room to discuss this topic and all of us took slightly different approaches to gratitude, some found it something easy to do everyday, others found gratitude within their lives in fleeting moments here and there.
Here are the main points I took from the inspiring discussions which unfolded last night. I share these to spark thoughts within yourself, non of us professed to have all the answers, just sharing our own perspectives to help deepen understanding:
There really was so much which came out of the discussions, this is just a snippet of the things my brain is still pondering over this morning. So.......what do you think about Gratitude?
I hope this has sparked your curiosity and in my opinion if I can bring more happiness into my life and the lives of others that can only be a good thing.......right??
If you're feel inspired to give it a go or you'd like to do it more, is there a hard fast rule of how to do it successfully?? Well strangely enough we discussed that too.......Here's our thoughts......
How can you bring more gratitude into your life?
Others explained that they found it hard to write and instead took time to be grateful whilst out walking their dog. Others found it was just something they did throughout the day as it just popped into their head.
We concluded as a group that it doesn't really matter how gratefulness enters your life but it was about having that moment, creating that opportunity to realise it and so whatever way you find works for you is great. There's no right or wrong way, it's whatever creates that moment for you.
Do you feel the pressure of having to be grateful?
We also talked about the pressure to be grateful and live a grateful life and how many of us 'still had a long way to go'. We didn't like the feeling this gave us. It felt this went against the benefits of gratefulness. If gratitude leads us to happiness then if it's a chore, something we feel pressured to do it brings about feelings of shame and guilt which lead us away from feeling happy.
We concluded that it was far better to just accept that gratitude was an important part of our lives and any opportunity to feel it moment by moment is good for us. Whatever way we find to bring that into our lives is perfectly fine and we should all stop giving ourselves a hard time about it and instead crack on and enjoy it.
What a refreshing revelation!!!
So......whats your thoughts about gratitude?? Please do feel free to share. What a thought provoking and interesting topic, I just had to share it with you all.
Until next time