13 March 2012 12 Comments

The Power of Gratitude

I have been writing about gratitude for sometime now.

I first wrote about it in Thank Him Every Day: Key to A Happy Life then I shared a video in another one, Thank God I am So Lucky: A Touching Video then in my 10 Things to Create Your Dream Life & a detailed version of the 10 things, 10 Things to Create Your Dream Life: Part I (Thank God Every Day).

You must be wondering why I am sharing with you all my previous posts about gratitude.

The reason is simple, most of us still don’t do this simple thing in our lives: Thank God.

Simple, yet so powerful that it changes the whole perspective about life.

I meet a lot of people every day, especially when I am speaking, and the first thing I notice is the lack of gratitude in people’s lives.

In spite of being lucky enough to be born in the top 5% of the population, people – especially youngsters – feel that they don’t have anything.

Most of their dissatisfaction in life comes from possessions, or the lack of them. They feel that since the other guy/girl has a better purse/watch/cell phone/car/clothes they should also have it. If they don’t then they sulk and curse the whole world. I know that you don’t. But I have met people who do.

So, why gratitude?

Why is it so important?

Because, the moment you are grateful for the things you HAVE, suddenly you realize that even these things – which to you have become your ‘birthright’ –  are not available to 90-95% of the population.

Reading this post in a clean room where there is electricity (or generator/UPS…!), a clean bed to sleep in, a refrigerator to nibble stuff from when you feel like it, being able to eat almost anything that you could wish for, or being able to read this post and for that matter – in English…. What else could one want?

Ever thought that there are people who don’t even have the above luxuries? Which to us have become our bare necessities?

Only when we look at people below us we realize how fortunate we actually are…

But we don’t look at the have-nots and be happy.

Why we always look at people above us and then sulk, cry and ruin our days/weeks/months in fact – life?

I know this has gone a bit serious but this is a question that we should ask ourselves today and every morning when we wake up.

We can even do this for a selfish reason: To Be Happy!

Because the key to being happy is not bigger or better possessions, but contentment.

Being happy with what we have, and not what we don’t have.

Here is a beautiful quote for us to remember:

“He who is not content with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” Socrates 

Be grateful, every morning and evening and Be Happy. Simple, yet powerful.

Also, another selfish thought: Research has proved that happy people are more successful.

(For more info on this, read Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage)

It won’t even take a minute of your day, but could fill your day with happiness:

Before going to bed & the moment you wake up:

Be grateful for what you have.

Count your blessings. 

Create A Gratitude List.

Stay blessed.

Nuruddin

Picture: http://www.secrets-2-success.com/the-immeasurable-power-of-gratitude/

 

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  • http://www.parajuegos.info/ Para Juegos

    Many people are of the opinion they do not expect their gratitude for the recognition of the help. as they help a lot more people happy

  • Management Team

    Good website
    Kahani

  • Aliya Saud

    Really Nuruddin,
    As always this article adds my ever increasing respect for you. Everything you write makes a bigger fan of yours. I just wish to follow these footsteps & can be useful to mankind as well as myself Ameen. God bless you “always & in all ways” Ameen. May you keep up the light you are spreading thru good words Ameen. Best of wishes & regards

    Aliya Saud

    • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Dear Aliya,

      Thanks & Amen to all your good wishes & prayers. You are very kind.

      I am just one of your old class fellows, trying to make a difference!!!

      Thanks a lot for the touching comments.

      God bless everyone with everything.

      Love to all,

      Nuruddin

  • http://twitter.com/Tayyibai Tayyiba Iram

    Thank u so much Nuruddin Abjani. Yes Gratitude is the best attitude to have. Counting finite things always creates stress But when we start counting Infinite Blessings we are filled with Gratitude. I am really Grateful to all of your inspiring posts whenever I read I get Inspired. Yes I am inspired to write my blog too. God Bless you as I say, always in all ways. :)

    • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Thats awesome, Tayyiba! I am sure your blog will be a treat for everyone to read.

      You are such an inspiration yourself!

      Thanks for your kind words & prayers. Aameen.

      Yes, all of us are blessed, but only some realize it.

      Stay blessed. Always and in all ways. (I have now officially ‘adopted’ your term!)

      Nuruddin

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    This is great knowledge and again i learnt new points here,, Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful article.

    • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Thanks Shiv for the kind words.

      Stay blessed.

      Nuruddin

  • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

    Thanks Asma, Aly & Yousuf Rafi for the kind words. We all try to make a difference in this world in our own ways…

    Asma, there is a difference between being content & being greedy.
     
    It is totally natural for someone to be content with what he has today and aspire to have a lot more – without being ungrateful. 
    If we look at people above us to learn from them, to understand how they got there, good. But when it turns to envy or jealousy then things begin to get out of hand. 

    The trick is to be grateful at what we have today and then dream for what we want to have. 
    Our dreams & passion drive us. Dont let them be snubbed by greed or people around you. If we do what we love doing, everything else will fall in place.

    I couldn’t help sharing this one:
    ”Overnight success’ takes about 15 years!’

    Hope this helped. 

    God bless us all.

    Nuruddin 

  • Asma Sethi

    Great post.

    I have one question: how will i learn & grow, if i’m content with what i have? There has to be a drive to drive you, right?

  • http://facebook.com/DiscoMaulvi Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

    Thank you for that wonderful post!

  • Yousuf Rafi

    marvelous posts bro… as usual something new to learn from you every single day!!! jazaakAllah bro…. just realized power of gratitude!!! 

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