Why Gratitude Is So Important

Gratitude and recognising how much you have is such a great way to bring more happiness into your life. For me, spending more time being so grateful of the amazing thing’s you have and have achieved is a way of getting rid of feelings of jealousy and a need for things that are out of my reach, which let’s face it, is never going to lead to good things!

I had actually planned this post before I realised that today is my 1 year anniversary of my first ever blog post. Personally, I am so grateful, to myself for the dedication and time I put into each and every post to make it an interesting read, to you guys for reading my blog, and to the brands I have worked with for giving me such amazing opportunities.

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How Gratitude Helps You

I think learning to be grateful is a really quick way of lifting your mood. Gratitude is so simple and really, I feel like we live in a world where people are constantly keeping up with the Jones’ rather than taking stock of the things they have.

As a blogger, I can put my hand up and say I am totally guilty of this. “So and so has this many followers” and “she goes to these events” and “I want to work with this brand”. It’s not until I stop for a minute and actually look at what I have and am doing that I realise that honestly, I’m doing amazingly well and should never feel the need to compare myself to someone else.

Sometimes when I feel down or anxious, I like to write a little list of things that I’m grateful for or to mentally go through it. Even if you really can’t think of anything, how about the fact that you can see and walk? Honestly, there’s so much we take for granted!

Learn to show your gratitude

You should always show your gratitude towards people who have helped you out. A simple thank you is such a small way of showing your appreciation and do you know what? I bet if you say thank you they’re more likely to continue helping people out and feeling appreciated. If I ever get the time I love sending hand written thank you cards and letters. It’s something that actually (eating my words) doesn’t take a lot of time and would probably make someone’s day, even week.
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Keep a gratitude diary

I try to keep a gratitude diary as a way of reviewing my day in the best light possible. I try to write 3 things minimum each day that I’m grateful for, it can literally be anything. Going to sleep in a good mood is the best thing and this pretty much guarantees it!

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28 Comments

  1. Saara Sofia
    20th March 2016 / 11:28 am

    A gratitude diary is such a great idea! I definitely tend to think like “if i had this and that then things would be better” etc. and I almost forget to look around and see all the things I already have. And like you mentioned as a blogger it can be difficult not to compare yourself to other bloggers who work with amazing brands and so on. That’s definitely something I need to work on. Wonderful post! 🙂

    http://www.saarasofia.com

    • 23rd March 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! I always do this – I think we are all guilty of it!

  2. 20th March 2016 / 11:30 am

    I agree with all you have expressed here. Gratitude is really important as it helps gets us through the tough times which we all go through.

    http://www.majeang.com

    • 23rd March 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Exactly! I couldn’t have put it better myself!

  3. Stephanie Hartley
    20th March 2016 / 2:39 pm

    A gratitude diary sounds like an amazing idea! And as for your first point, well, when I read in this post that yout blog was only one year old I was sat here like ‘ah wow she’s got so many more followers than me, a better brand sponsorship history etc etc AND her blog is younger than mine!’ – that made this post really hit home!

    Steph – http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

    • 23rd March 2016 / 7:53 pm

      it’s so easy to do that! I constantly compare myself but then you have to look at your own blog and remind yourself of how far you’ve come!

  4. Lauren Victoria
    20th March 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Lovely post! The gratitude journal sound’s like such a good idea and one I might start doing myself actually. Seem’s like such a positive thing to do to end your day the right way and start a new one in the right mind set x

  5. Caroline
    20th March 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Lovely post. 🙂
    Completely agree and I’m sure everyone at some point compares themselves to others be it in blogging or day to day life, I think it’s human to do so and can be a little push to do better. However as you say it is good to reflect on what you have/have accomplished and be grateful for things like good health etc. 🙂
    A gratitude diary/journal/notebook sounds like a fab idea!

    Caroline.x

    • 23rd March 2016 / 7:53 pm

      You should start one lovely! I love mine – thought I have to admit I don’t do it every night as I often forget!

  6. Cherish.
    20th March 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Aww I love that you have a gratitude diary. I definitely try to remain greatful, whether it’s followers for my blog/social media when I try to show love as much as I can or making my boyfriend his favorite meal – it’s important and makes life so much better!

    Cherish

    • 23rd March 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Its so true! It’s the little things that show your appreciation that count!

  7. Brittney Mathurin
    20th March 2016 / 10:30 pm

    I’ve learnt to be grateful for the things I have and to use what I have to the best of my abilities, and that has improved my level of creativity. Such a lovely and inspiring post! 😀

    • 23rd March 2016 / 7:52 pm

      I’m glad you found it inspiring hun! I’ve done my job!

  8. Vicky Pearman
    21st March 2016 / 2:51 pm

    You know what, the more I read your posts. The more I think this lady is too nice and honest to be successful. Do you know what I mean by that though ? Its like dog eat dog sometimes is what im trying to say. I have to say im never jealous of what others have anymore, its come with age ! But if another woman shows an interest in my man im like a jealous crazy bitch ! Lol. You are doing such a good job as a blogger and I really love you and i love that you dont use designer bags to look great. Lets face it most of us normal people looking for inspo cant afford chanel or ysl whatever bags anyway ! Xx xx

    • 23rd March 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! This is such a lovely comment and reminds me what a good job I’m doing!!! I completely know what you mean with the dog eat dog thing and I have run into it myself in the past! And I know what you mean about the designer bags but I’ll definitely be buying one when I save!!!!

  9. lyndesloovere
    23rd March 2016 / 6:55 pm

    For a while, I wrote down every evening all the things that made me happy that day/went well so I actually wrote down where I was happy/grateful for that day. I stopped but you remind me that I should start again.
    Beautiful post and congrats with your one year of blogging 🙂 you definitely may be proud of yourself because you’re doing a great job! (I was kinda “shocked” that you’re only blogging for a year!)
    xox Lyn

    • 23rd March 2016 / 7:42 pm

      really?! Thanks so much lovely! Thats so kind of you and definitely keep it up gratitude diarys are amazing for reminding you of what you have!

  10. 23rd March 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Glad you liked it lovely and good luck with yours!

  11. 24th March 2016 / 8:47 am

    Congrats on one year of blogging! I’m coming up to my one year, too! I try to remind myself of all the things I have to be grateful for, it’s so easy to get caught up and forget! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

    • 27th March 2016 / 11:52 pm

      So easy to forget! I always compare myself to people who are way bigger than me and it’s so harmful! Congratulations on your one year hun and thanks so much!

  12. Samantha P
    25th March 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Very cute and thoughtful post. I agree that it is important to show gratitude as often as possible. 🙂

    • 27th March 2016 / 11:45 pm

      Definitely!! Gratitude is the key to happiness! well one of them anyway!

  13. 28th March 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Love this post! So meaningful and thoughtful.

    Tasha x sincereblonde.com

  14. 12th April 2016 / 10:17 am

    I need to stay up to date with my gratitude diary I do tend to forget about it for days on end!

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