Do previous accomplishments embolden you to take on tougher tasks?
Do past successes strengthen your resolve to go on after setbacks?
If they do, then you have to cultivate the habit of gratitude.
The feeling of gratitude is the motivation and the belief that you can do more.
So be grateful for all you have now and for the goals in view,
Yes, be thankful for what is yet to come,
doing so is sowing the wind of good fortune:
Now don’t forget to show gratitude to family, friends and people,
take no help for granted,
the one discarded today maybe tomorrow’s only available source of help..
Some people have asked, “Does gratitude lead to complacency?”
According to research findings published in Greater Good Magazine, the answer is No. Below is an excerpt.
“Does gratitude lead to complacency? Do all those benefits of gratitude come at a price—laziness, apathy, and the acceptance of inequities?
Based on research conducted over the past two decades, and recent findings from our lab at UC Riverside, we believe that the answer is no. In fact, we have found that gratitude is not just a pleasant, passive emotion but rather an activating, energizing force that may lead us to pursue our goals and become better, more socially engaged people.
Gratitude triggers self-improvement
For years, studies have been challenging the misconception that gratitude promotes self-satisfaction and acceptance of the status quo; these studies suggest that gratitude can motivate behaviors that ultimately lead to self-improvement and positive change.
For instance, a 2011 study by Robert Emmons and Anjali Mishra found that people feel motivated and energized when they experience gratitude, and that gratitude encourages them to make progress towards their goals. In this study, students were instructed to list the goals they wanted to accomplish within the next two months and were then randomly assigned either to count their blessings, to list their hassles, or to complete a neutral writing activity each week for 10 weeks. Those in the gratitude group reported making relatively more progress towards their goals. In addition, a 2009 study led by Nathaniel Lambert suggests that gratitude leads people to believe they deserve positive outcomes for themselves and are capable of achieving them.
Indeed, gratitude has been linked with success and achievement in multiple life domains, including health and academics. In a 2003 study by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, participants who counted their blessings reported fewer physical symptoms of illness and spent up to 1.5 more hours exercising each week. In addition, grateful students tend to have higher GPAs, participate in more extra-curricular activities, and have a stronger desire to contribute to society. Importantly, gratitude has also been linked with less risky behaviors in adolescents, including decreased substance use and less risky sexual behaviors.”
Conclusion, gratitude increases motivation and positivity.