Unlocking Happiness: The Power of Embracing Gratitude

How being grateful helps you live a happier and healthier life.

Biliz Maharjan
4 min readAug 31

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People often look for happiness in the external world. But true happiness is found on the inside.

You won’t become happier by achieving things in the outside world. Even if you do feel happy, it won’t last very long.

Have you had an experience where you wanted something badly and did everything to get it? You thought you would be happier after getting it. But once you achieved it, you didn’t really feel much joy. Your happiness lasted only for a short time.

For example, you wanted the latest iPhone. You saved money to buy it. And when you finally got it, you became happy. But a week later, it became just another phone that did almost exactly what your previous one did. Your happiness is gone.

Why be grateful?

Expressing gratitude is the best activity that helps you find happiness on the inside.

There have been numerous studies on the relationship between gratitude and happiness. According to an essay published in Harvard Medical School,

Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

Practicing gratitude not only helps you become happier, but it can also improve your physical and mental well-being.

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Focus on your GAINS

We often think about our next goal or accomplishment. For example, you made $50,000 this year. Next year, you want to make $75,000. Instead of being grateful that you made $50,000, you worry about how you will make $75,000 the following year.

Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy discuss this in their book The GAP and The GAIN. We often look at the things we didn’t achieve (GAP) instead of appreciating those we did (GAIN).

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Biliz Maharjan

I write about self-improvement and online writing. Free writing guide—https://t.ly/uUZ6Y