How do I learn to be grateful?
As I promised you in the last post, I chose to write an article about gratitude and its importance in our lives. I have told you before, and I believe that gratitude is the greatest prayer.
Our teacher told us that this is a science during psychology, and we as psychologists should not believe in things that we cannot measure or observe. My opinion has changed over time! We live in connection with everything around us. Every concept, idea, though, has a part of the truth, and all together, form the Supreme truth. Since it exists, it means that at least one person has felt something, seen something, already experienced it. It would be unfair of me to deny your experience just because I didn’t have that experience, right?
From a psychological point of view, gratitude can be defined as a spontaneous emotion or an attitude, a response to a positive interaction with others. It has, therefore, a profoundly interpersonal component, implying the recognition of the good. At its core, it can empathize with others. That is why it is considered an adaptive psychological strategy to life circumstances because it talks about the importance of exchange and reciprocity in social life. It is not for nothing that many studies associate emotional intelligence with the expression of gratitude and well-being. There is a strong connection between gratitude and appreciation of what is important to you as a person.
On the other hand, Buddhism is a source of wisdom, a way of understanding life and discovering its true meaning. One of the ideas preached by the Buddha is a better relationship. Without these three, you will only have unhappiness and frustration. Seek to nurture and show gratitude for what you have instead of looking for riches and unfulfilled relationships.
Ho’oponopono is a healing technique from Hawaii that repeats four concepts indefinitely: I’m sorry, forgive me, thank you, I love you. — if you are more interested in this topic, I wrote an article about this technique.