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5 Ways to Find More Gratitude In Life

written by Nida March 29, 2017

I don’t know why this is rhyming in my head ” More gratitude less attitude”, I was actually going to put that as the blog post title but oh well this works fine too. So let’s talk about Gratitude, being thankful, counting your blessings & all that jazz. How often are we able to do that? For real, I think I am unthankful every now & then without even realizing. Gratitude in simple words means being thankful, being happy with what you have & being content with the simple pleasures of life. I wanted to write this post so whenever I feel down or in other words feel unthankful, I can come here & feel great for the things that I have. So here are 5 ways to find more gratitude in life:

 


Beat the Culture:
The consumer culture of constantly wanting more has seriously sucked the joy out of everything. Every day we are bombarded by advertisements & direct marketing that makes us feel that we need all those products. It’s okay to buy them once in a while but on a constant hunt for what’s better will pull you down the drain. The constant want of more & more needs to stop if you want to practice gratitude.

Make it a Habit:
Gratitude shifts your mind from what you don’t have to what you have. Once you learn how to be thankful for what you have, you have less stress & therefore you are happier & the cycle continues. If you are able to continue this cycle, you are a lucky person, my friend. Unluckily, for most of us life is about waiting for the right moment to be happy, the moment we get the desired job, perfect life partner, have kids or be a certain size/shape, fit in anything you want. Why do we do this? Why do we deprive ourself of simple joys of life? Joys that can simply uplift our mood & make us happy. Make it a habit to be happy on simple achievements, with time & more practice it will get easier. 

Count Your Blessings- Literally:
We hear this so often that we start taking this phrase for granted too. Geez. Anybody who says you must count your blessings, we are like ya ya I know. Here’s something that will change your perspective, I have been constantly doing research on this topic & how awesome is this:  imagine your life without the blessings you already have, your eyes, legs, parents, home, food etc & then imagine getting them back one by one, now can you picture yourself & how happy you will be. That is the feeling that you have to hold & practice each day. Knowing & believing that you are blessed beyond imagination.

Fewer Comparisons:
 “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Isn’t it so? Don’t you feel miserable after comparing your life with someone else? Either you feel envious or jealous towards that person or you feel superior, none of the feelings are useful. You need to remember that their success is not your failure. By comparing yourself you are actually insulting your life, your achievements & your story.  Would you ever insult someone you love? by comparing them with others & belittle them then why would you do that to yourself? to your own life? Think about it. 

Focus on the less fortunate:
I have always wanted to be a social worker & somehow give back to the society. In my university days, we had a project in our psychology class. We chose “Edhi Foundation” the women and children section to document their life & tragic stories. It was surely an eye opener for all teammates. Edhi Foundation is a welfare center which offers all services like hospitals, ambulances, abandon children welfare center, etc After visiting the women & children section, I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for almost a week or probably more. It left an impact on my heart till today and probably forever. Talking to those women who are forever waiting for their children, husbands or father to come pick them up, was simply devastating. We don’t even realize but that is the most basic thing to be thankful for: our parents, our family, love, a roof over our head. They were literally yearning to hear from their family members. When you see something like this, you are ought to be grateful for what you have. So maybe go visit a shelter nearby. 

Conclusion:
It’s very simple yet it’s also very complicated because so many external factors constantly distract us. But remember to practice it like you would practice making a dish till it’s perfect. I hope these tips will help you stay grounded and in finding more gratitude in life. This is going to be a treasure for me to come back and re-read to knock some sense into my brain whenever I am feeling down. 
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17 comments

Alya March 30, 2017 at 2:22 am

Very nicely written and explained for us How should we be Grateful to our Almighty for all he has given to us. From little things to everything we have and yes we need constant reminder as u have said to be thankful and ur post will be the Reminder for us. Thanku for such insight.

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Nida March 30, 2017 at 6:44 am

Thank you so much <3

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Monis Ansari March 31, 2017 at 6:35 am

It’s great. We’ll defined the gratitude, the feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. We shall always be thankful to Allah for all we are having and getting from Him. We shall always be satisfied and grateful to almighty Allah.
Heartiest congratulations for writing on such an important topic. We all shall practice this in our daily life to be happy and contented.
Nicely written, keep on writing. It’s marvelous.

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Nida March 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm

Thank you so much papa. love you <3

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Seppy May 3, 2017 at 1:46 am

What a refreshing blogpost – thank you!

First of all, ‘More gratitude, less attitude’ haha LOVE IT!

I’ve been practicing gratitude a lot more consciously lately and it makes such a big difference. But you bring up some relevant points. It’s easy to get caught up in society’s general mentality and to want more and think that we need more and then feeling unhappy with what we already DO have…. it also becomes so easy to compare ourselves to others..

I practice gratitude by literally having a gratitude journal so that I can refer back every day and remind myself how blessed I am!

Thank you for a great post, I really enjoyed it!

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Nida May 9, 2017 at 5:52 am

omg I just read your comment and it meant the world to me. I really appreciate when people take out time to read my blog posts.. Thank you so so so much!!

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Marriam Sayed (Foodeva Marsay) May 25, 2017 at 7:55 am

A great Post Nida. I love the “More Gratitude..Less Attitude” line. I personally practise to see life these days, through eyes and heart full of gratitude. It most definitely brings peace to your existence, when you realise just how much we have to be grateful for. Have a Blessed Ramadan.

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Nida May 26, 2017 at 5:51 am

Same to you. thank you so much for taking out time to read this 🙂

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Sahar May 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Beautifully written! Its easy to find gratitude in everything around us and for our abilities! We often forget to be thankful and create unwanted stress and try to achieve something that was not meant for us!

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Nida May 26, 2017 at 5:52 am

I totally agree with you. thank you so much for your time.

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Sabeeka May 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Love this post… I use some of these even with my kids.. Counting our blessings, sharing with the less fortunate and it’s so refreshing to see how the kids respond to it too.. Loved the line – “more gratitude less attitude”

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Nida May 26, 2017 at 5:53 am

I couldn’t agree with you more. Children are angels and can teach us so many things. It’s great that you get to practice these at home.

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Aicha May 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

This is beautifully written and a good reminder to be thankful of what one has and not compare themselves to everyone else thanks for sharing

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Nida May 26, 2017 at 5:53 am

Thank you so much for taking out time to read this.

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Lubna May 28, 2017 at 9:24 am

Much gratitude for what we really have…..this is a reminder post for self awakening…….kudos to your thought on social work…May Allah SWT bless you in the path….

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Asbah Alaena May 30, 2017 at 3:13 am

How true and beautiful. We wait to be happy at sometime in future, we associate our happiness with bigger things like graduating, marrying, being parents, buying a house, all these big things happen so little in our lives and we forget to be happy.

Actually maybe we are just not taught to be happy on tiny little things.

Recently I have started posting ‘positives of my day’ on my Fb page- just so that i learn to be more thankful.

your idea of visiting Eidhi centre is a good one too – will do so insha Allah when in Pakistan

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Amina May 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm

This brings many inspirational verses of the Quran and hadiths to mind- “Which of the Favours of your Lord would you deny”; “Look to those lower than you in social status, not those above you so you may be grateful….

I agree it takes practice and is more of an attitude to be nurtured.

I can relate to your social work as I have done some work with trauma victims and its life changing Alhamdilillah. May we be among the thankful ones – always.

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