Does this gratitude thing really work? Or is it just a bunch of hokey woo-woo stuff? Most people have misconceptions about the life-altering power of gratitude. These are the top 3 myths about gratitude – BUSTED!
When I recorded the Gratitude Builds Fortitude Summit – Growing Resilience with Autoimmune Disease, I had the honor to interview 30 women about the power of gratitude when it comes to the struggles in life, especially dealing with Autoimmune Disease, chronic illness, and other health challenges. Just when I thought I actually knew a thing or two about gratitude, I was shocked to learn how much I didn’t know.
And you may be in a similar position. I mean… gratitude is gratitude, right?
You’re thankful for something and that’s pretty much it, right?
During these interviews, similar themes kept coming up. Yes, they are great lessons, but I also think they are some of the biggest myths out there when it comes to understanding gratitude.
Top 3 Myths About Gratitude
Ready to get started? Keep reading to learn what the top 3 myths about gratitude are and then let’s bust them up!
Myth #1 – Only certain kinds of people can be grateful.
The first thing that really stood out for me as I interviewed 30 women about gratitude is that the struggle is universal. Of course, I interviewed women with Autoimmune Disease, but there was also a cancer survivor, several women who had been through a divorce, one woman watched her baby die in her arms, one woman lost her husband at a young age, one woman lost her daughter at the age of 15, and one woman went against her religion and culture to find healing. And that’s just a sample.
Here’s the thing. Our struggles and our journeys are unique. But the path is universal. We ALL walk that path of facing the struggles in life. Of hitting rock bottom. Of crying out in prayer and desperation.
Part two of this myth is even better. Not only did all of these women face major life struggles, but they all also rose above their struggles… with strength… and grit… and resilience… and fortitude… WITH THE POWER OF GRATITUDE. None of them wished their struggles on anyone. But they all said how grateful they were to go through their struggles because the other side was simply that much more amazing.
And you know what… out of the 30 women, there were at least 7 different religions and faiths represented, along with women from different cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities. In a world that is so divided these days, GRATITUDE unites us above all else.
Myth #2 – You have to be grateful all of the time. Positive vibes only, right?
It is true that gratitude has a very high vibration, right next to love and happiness. So why wouldn’t we want to have positive vibes only? Right?
Here’s the thing. Your emotions are just that. Emotions. And you need to feel ALL of them. Including anger, jealousy, betrayal, and grief. If you are having a moment, FEEL your emotion. All of it. And then let it go.
There’s positivity, and then there’s toxic positivity. It isn’t healthy to view the world through rose-colored glasses. It is healthy to view the world as it is, the good, the bad, the ugly. Feel it. And then let it go.
Myth #3 – Gratitude is just a bunch of woo-woo fluffy stuff.
There are too many scientific studies to count. This gratitude thing isn’t just a bunch of hokey woo-woo fluffy stuff.
The life-altering power of gratitude is legit. It has been scientifically proven to:
- Opens the door to more relationships.
- Improve physical health.
- Improve psychological health.
- Enhance empathy and reduces aggression.
- Help you sleep better.
- Improve self-esteem.
- Increase mental strength – this is what I like to call fortitude!
And that’s just a few! Gratitude literally rewires your brain for some of the most positive transformations you will ever experience.
So here’s the thing. I firmly believe that gratitude is THE BEST way to build fortitude after challenges shatter your world. Health or otherwise. So what are you waiting for?
Are you Inspired?
Love, hugs, and positive vibes… most of the time.
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