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Gratitude: 6 tips to improve your quality of life

Gratitude leads to a better quality of life – and gratitude can be learned. In the following, you will learn how you can achieve more self-satisfaction through gratitude and how you can also make other people happy with it. We also have ten gratitude quotes for you.

Gratitude or thankfulness is a positive feeling. Unlike a negative attitude towards life, in which the world usually seems gray and dreary, a basic attitude of gratitude leads to a positive attitude towards life and thus also increases the quality of life.

Gratitude: a "hidden" feeling

The "hidden" feeling of gratitude

Unlike other emotions such as rage, anger or euphoria, gratitude tends to be a hidden feeling. In rare cases, gratitude leads to extreme outbursts of emotion.

In the long run, gratitude is an enormously important trait because it makes us happy and balanced in the long run. There are many different forms of gratitude. Below you will find some examples.

Spiritual reasons

Gratitude is one of the basic attitudes of many religions. This includes gratitude for a divine existence and, spiritually, for faith. The feeling of gratitude to God is something fulfilling and poignant for religious people. But even if you are not religious, you can be grateful for your life and existence.

Family

Family is the highest good for most people. From this comes the deep gratitude that many feel for their family. For example, you are grateful to your parents for making you the person you are today and for the help and emotional support you received in times of need.

Friends

Friends also represent a very important center of life in our lives. You can be thankful for a great circle of friends and that friends fill your life, help you when it matters and always give you the honest opinion.

Health

In nearly every survey, health ranks next to family as one of the top things you value most in life. We are grateful to be healthy and to be able to enjoy a life without limitations. We also feel gratitude for the health and integrity of our family and friends

Peace

You can be thankful for living in a democracy where there are no wars and abject poverty. Equal educational opportunities and basic democratic values cannot be taken for granted. We should certainly be thankful for that.

Secure existence

One can be thankful that one has found a profession in which one is absorbed and that one has built a secure existence for one’s family. One can be grateful for not having existential fears and that one’s basic needs are met.

Material

It sounds trite, but we can be grateful for what we have. And also for being able to afford something in life, be it a new kitchen appliance, the car of our dreams or a relaxing vacation.

These examples show that you can feel gratitude for both material and immaterial things. Often new forms of gratitude arise in life when crises and strokes of fate are overcome.

Gratitude and appreciation are closely connected. In gratitude, appreciation is expressed to oneself and to others.

6 tips on how being grateful can improve your quality of life

To help you achieve a better quality of life and go through life more self-satisfied, we’ve put together 6 tips. They will show you how to make gratitude your new positive outlook on life and how to express it.

Make gratitude your positive attitude

Make gratitude your positive mindset

Gratitude is not a must. You shouldn’t feel obligated to give more thanks. Rather, see the feeling of gratitude as an opportunity and a way to develop a positive basic attitude toward the world.

In everyday life, we take so many things for granted and strive for more and more things. In doing so, we should reflect on what we have and be grateful for it.

If you are often plagued by negative feelings, it won’t help you to think about being grateful for something once in a while. It might lift your spirits for a short time, but it won’t lead to long-term well-being. Learn to focus on the beautiful things in life. After all, they are what make life so worth living.

That doesn’t mean you should suppress all other feelings. Even though gratitude as a personality trait leads to a more positive outlook on life, other emotions like anger and rage are not something to be despised or avoided.

They are as much a part of being human as sadness and feeling happy. Being grateful does not mean never being angry, discouraged, or lonely again. It does, however, mean not letting negative feelings take you over the long haul. Set the focus not on what makes you unhappy, but on what makes you happy and content.

Courage to change: recognize what makes you unhappy and change it

There are always obstacles in life that are put in your way and goals that you don’t achieve. When you feel disgruntled at such moments and a persistent dissatisfaction spreads within you, that is the moment when you need to learn to distance yourself from engaging negative feelings. Learn to observe yourself in everyday life and find out what are the reasons for your negativity.

Often resentment arises when your own frustration level is low. In everyday life you will always face new challenges that you do not feel up to. Not everything you set out to do will be crowned with success. However, this is not always due to you, but to human nature. If something doesn’t work out the way you thought it would, don’t be discouraged.

It is wrong to see life, as they proverbially always say, only black. Try to turn the negative feelings into a positive feeling and be optimistic and hopeful. Rather, see the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and grow from them.

For personality development, it has been proven to be enormously important to also suffer setbacks. Because if you successfully master a crisis, you not only emerge from it stronger, but are also best prepared for coming complications.

Man is a creature of habit – That something has become a habit does not mean at the same time that it is good. If there are things that make you unhappy in the long run, it is not enough to name these things – change them.

Open yourself up to change and upheaval in your life.  Even if it means getting out of your comfort zone, feeling fear, or having an uncertain future. It also leads to mental renewal.

Think positively about the future and don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for advice. We are often surprised how much those around us notice, even though we try to hide the things that make us unhappy.

Start the day with positive thoughts and go to sleep with them

Start the day with positive thoughts

Keep reminding yourself what you are grateful for in your life. You can also start small. At the end of the day, don’t worry too much about what’s going wrong and don’t sink into melancholy or sadness.

Listen to yourself and ask yourself what was beautiful on this day or in the course of the week, what brought you joy and be grateful for it. This can also be small things: sunshine and good weather, a nice small talk with colleagues, an interesting book you are reading.

Counter your negative thoughts with positive energy and joy of life. This is part of feeling grateful – true to the motto: The glass is always half full and not half empty.

Close the day with this mantra, which should become your new basic attitude and start the day just as consciously positive. In addition, gratitude protects against depression and listlessness in life. Because gratitude also means love of life and love for life. Plan something for yourself and consciously let yourself feel good. Through this, the positive thoughts usually come all by themselves.

Be grateful and create positive memories

You can be grateful for anything. For tangible things and intangible. The important thing is to always be aware of it. Here are some ideas on how you can make the feeling visible to yourself.

  • Calendar: Record in your calendar what makes you happy and what you are grateful for.
  • Photo album: A photo album with beautiful memories shows you every day what you can be grateful for. In it find all your loved ones place: partner, family, friends. But also things that you experience alone belong to it: a nice vacation or maybe something material, for which you have saved for a long time and which brings you joy, such as a new couch to relax.
  • Sayings: For a positive attitude towards life, encouraging sayings are helpful. You can also hang them in your fridge or frame them. This motivates and keeps you in mind how beautiful life is.
  • Literature: Books also help to change your attitude towards life. Nihilistic (world-denying) works and texts that demonize the world are rather unhelpful. Look for motivational books that talk about the beauty of the world and convey a positive message. There are numerous reference books and guidebooks on the subject of "gratitude" that give you a deeper insight into personality analysis and open up perspectives on problem solving.
  • Plans: Make a list of activities and events you plan to attend during the year. Also, enter dates with friends and family that you are grateful for.

Appreciate your life: Gratitude makes you content and balanced

You can only love someone if you love yourself – True to the saying, it also works with gratitude and a positive outlook on life. Only when you are also grateful for yourself and your life, your being and your achievements, you can also transport the positive attitude to life to the outside and thus transfer to your environment and your fellow men.

If you learn to be at peace with yourself and to value your life, you can also meet other people with gratitude. Because gratitude also means self-reflection. Learn to look in the mirror and be happy and content with who you are. Because just as you are, you are great. To be able to reflect yourself, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • What makes me stand out?
  • What makes me special?
  • What are character traits about me that I like?
  • What do friends and family appreciate about me?
  • What have I already achieved in my life?
  • What are wishes that I could fulfill myself?

This strengthens self-awareness and self-esteem. The gratitude you feel towards yourself leads to a better attitude towards life and also a better quality of life. Moreover, a hopeful and positive attitude protects you from depression and world-weariness.

Learn to express gratitude

Learn to express gratitude

Gratitude doesn’t just happen on the inside. Gratitude can also be expressed. To do this, it’s important that you empathize with those around you.

When you put yourself in the shoes of those around you, you recognize the moments when someone wants to do something good for you and is acting with good intentions. A simple "thank you" signals appreciation to the other person and makes you feel good at the same time.

Everyone is happy when their efforts and favors you do for someone are recognized, appreciated and valued. Even if they are just small gestures, you should be grateful for them and express it:

  • Holding a door open when you don’t have a hand free
  • Giving a handkerchief when your nose is running
  • A simple, sincere "How are you?"
  • Offering help when you’re looking for directions

These are all little things, but appreciating them is what leads to a positive outlook on life in the long term. In everyday life, we take many things for granted. At the same time, we should be more often happy about how well we are basically.

Be more aware of your surroundings and express your appreciation with a "thank you". Because gratitude is the prerequisite for appreciation. You will notice that the word "thank you" is much more than just a conventional word. The recognition and appreciation with which you meet other people with it, usually comes back to you.

You can also express your gratitude through mimic and gesture. You can express gratitude through a smile. Smiling not only makes you healthy because it releases endorphins, but it also usually puts a smile on your counterpart’s face. This makes you seem more personable and allows you to show your appreciation.

Don’t walk through the world with a hunched posture and a lowered gaze. Become sensitive to your body and express your gratitude and positive basic attitude through a positive body language. German poet Goethe also recognized the need for self-reflection in relation to gratitude:

"If we meet someone who owes us a debt of gratitude, we remember the fact at once. How often can we meet someone to whom we owe a debt of gratitude, without thinking about it".

Goethe reminds us that we should meet our fellow human beings with gratitude and mindfulness.

Quotes about gratitude

Quotes about gratitude

In this chapter we have collected some sayings about gratitude for you. For example, you can send them in a message or use them as your WhatsApp status.

  1. "When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself."
    (Tecumseh)
  2. "I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new."
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  3. "When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree."
    (Vietnamese proverb)
  4. "Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
    (Voltaire)
  5. "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
    (G. K. Chesterton)
  6. "No duty is more urgent than giving thanks."
    (James Allen)
  7. "For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever."
    (Charlotte Brontë)
  8. "Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life."
    (Rumi)
  9. "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."
    (Epictetus)
  10. "In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."
    (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
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