Gratitude. It's a practice that is the foundation of a happy life. Science has shown that it improves self-esteem, makes you more empathetic, helps you to be more resilient, and gives you an overall better sense of well-being. Gratitude also has a number of health benefits. It has been linked to reduced inflammation, better sleep, and improved heart health.
I've always considered myself to be a pretty grateful person. My parents were strict proponents of saying "please" and "thank you" for everything. And, as I've matured and evolved, I now have come to the point at which I actually always mean it when I say it. I meditate on things for which I'm grateful, keep a gratitude journal, and write notes of thanks to show my appreciation to others.
However, recently, I had an inspiration that has taken my feelings of gratitude to the next level while also making me feel more connected to everyone around me.
What is it? I like to think of it as gratitude on steroids. It simply involves really reflecting on absolutely everything that went into contributing to the awesomeness of your life. It might seem glaringly obvious, but at least for me, it's something that I had previously overlooked.
Let me give you a couple of examples: