GRATITUDE AND GRATIFICATION deserve two separate posts but I put them together for a reason. Both Gratitude and Gratification can be source of inner happiness, for something that has been (either that has been given, received, happened, etc.) Both words are basic ingredients of TheNewHappyMe.
In the theme of I Love ME, I believe feeling Gratitude offers instant Gratification and nourishes my love for myself. I think you will want to try it yourself when you read this post.
Gratitude is the appreciation I feel in acknowledgement for something that brings me any kind of benefit. I often like to stop for a moment and be grateful for where I am, who I am and what I have accomplished. I feel fueled by positive energy when I take a deep breath in thankfulness for my life, my opportunities and my achievements. With that deep breath, I smile. I am happy.
Gratitude fills my heart and supports the love I feel for myself, in praise of my accomplishments, of the path I have crossed, of the way I have used the tools available to me. As such, it provides me with Gratification, the sense of happiness and fulfillment just as a reward for my efforts.
Gratitude => Gratification
Both Gratitude and Gratification are therefore a very important part of my love for myself. Gratitude on its own and combined with the Gratification it translates to, provides me with reasons to continue, motivates me to invest more in ME and rewards me with a sense of satisfaction for my achievements. My Gratitude for who I am amplifies as a result and the wonderful cycle can only spiral upwards to immense happiness that comes from within.
See if you can find things in you to be grateful for. I know you will find plenty! Make a list of your latest accomplishments big or small, how you have successfully dealt with situations, how you have noticed and taken advantage of opportunities available to you, how you have become the wonderful person you are today. See how your Gratitude will become Gratification, instantly! This of course is a Journal Writing assignment!