Gratitude (कृतज्ञता), thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’, is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions. It has also been a topic of interest to ancient, medieval and modern philosophers, and continues to engage contemporary philosophers. Although, it is not feasible for everyone that gratitude to come naturally. Hence, Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System brings out a unique, self-learned, and self-practiced Siddha Preventive Measures Exercises, through which every person can develop gratitude for well-being.
What is gratitude (कृतज्ञता क्या है)
It is simply taking time to think about all the positive things in your life. Rather than ruminating on the negatives. It does not necessarily necessitate actually telling anyone else you are thankful for the things they have done. Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools for increasing happiness.
Research shows gratitude is the single most powerful method of increasing happiness.
Comparison with indebtedness (ऋणग्रस्तता के साथ तुलना)
Gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions occur following help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment of compensation for the aid. Emotions lead to different actions. Indebtedness can motivate the recipient of the aid to avoid the person who has helped them. Gratitude can motivate the recipient to seek out their benefactor and to improve their relationship with them.
Gratitude as a motivator of behavior (व्यवहार के प्रेरक के रूप में कृतज्ञता)
It may also serve to reinforce future prosocial behavior in benefactors. One experiment found that customers of a jewelry store who were called and thanked showed a subsequent 70% increase in purchases. In comparison, customers who were called and told about a sale showed only a 30% increase in purchases, and customers who were not called at all did not show an increase.
Gratitude as a religious approach (धार्मिक दृष्टिकोण के रूप में कृतज्ञता)
The link between spirituality and gratitude has recently become a popular subject of study. While these two characteristics are certainly not dependent on each other, studies have found that spirituality is capable of enhancing a person’s ability to be grateful and therefore, those who regularly attend religious services or engage in religious activities are more likely to have a greater sense of gratitude in all areas of life.
Thankfulness is viewed as a prized human propensity in the Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i, and Hindu traditions. Worship with gratitude to God is a common theme in such religions and therefore, the concept of gratitude permeates religious texts, teachings, and traditions.
Jewish conceptions about gratitude (कृतज्ञता के बारे में यहूदी धारणाएं)
In Judaism, gratitude is an essential part of the act of worship and a part of every aspect of a worshiper’s life. According to the Hebrew worldview, all things come from God, and because of this, gratefulness is fundamental to the followers of Judaism.
Christian conceptions about gratitude (कृतज्ञता के बारे में ईसाई धारणाएँ)
Christians are strongly encouraged to praise and give gratefulness to their creator. In Christianity, God is seen as the selfless giver of all good things, and because of this, there is a deep sense of gratefulness that enables Christians to share a common bond, shaping all aspects of a follower’s life.
In the Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican churches, the most important rite are called the Eucharist; the name derives from the Greek word eucharistia for thanksgiving.
Islamic conceptions about gratitude (कृतज्ञता के बारे में इस्लामी धारणाएँ)
Islam encourages its followers to be grateful and express thanks to God in all circumstances. Islamic teaching emphasizes the idea that those who are grateful will be rewarded with more.
A traditional Islamic saying states that “The first who will be summoned to paradise are those who have praised God in every circumstance” In the Quran. The Pillar of Islam calling for daily prayer encourages believers to pray to God five times a day in order to thank him for his goodness. The pillar of fasting during the month of Ramadan is for the purpose of putting the believer in a state of thankfulness.
Individual differences about gratitude (कृतज्ञता के बारे में व्यक्तिगत मतभेद)
Much of the recent work psychological research into gratitude has focused on the nature of the individual differences in thankfulness, and the consequences of being a more or less grateful person. Three scales have been developed to measure individual differences in gratitude, each of which assesses somewhat different conceptions.
The GQ6 measures individual differences in how frequently and intensely people feel grateful. The Appreciation Scale measures 8 different aspects of gratitude:
- An appreciation of people
- The present moment
- Feeling of awe
- Social comparisons
- Existential concerns, and
- Behaviour which expresses gratefulness.
The GRAT assesses gratitude towards other people, thankfulness towards the world in general, and a lack of resentment for what you do not have.
A recent study showed that each of these scales are actually all measuring the same way of approaching life; this suggests that individual differences in gratitude include all of these components.
Empirical findings of gratitude (कृतज्ञता के अनुभवजन्य निष्कर्ष)
Association with well-being (भलाई के साथ जुड़ाव)
A large body of work in the early 21st century has suggested that people who are more grateful have higher levels of subjective well-being.
Grateful people are:
Specifically, in terms of depression, gratefulness may serve as a buffer by enhancing the coding and retrievability of positive experiences. Grateful people also have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self-acceptance.
Grateful people have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in life, being more likely to seek support from other people, reinterpret and grow from experiences, and spend more time planning how to deal with the problem.
Such people also have less negative coping strategies, being less likely to try to avoid the problem, deny there is a problem, blame themselves, or cope through substance use.
Grateful people sleep better, and this seems to be because they think less negative and more positive thoughts just before going to sleep. Numerous studies suggest that grateful people are more likely to have higher levels of happiness and lower levels of stress and depression.
In one study, if teens wrote letters of gratitude to other people over a month, they were more inclined to eat a healthy diet. Arguably, when people feel grateful, they feel an obligation to reciprocate the efforts of other individuals. Therefore, rather than indulge and sacrifice their own health—a behaviour that would dismiss the efforts that other individuals invested in them—they may feel compelled to live a healthier life.
Relationship to altruism (परोपकारिता से संबंध)
Gratefulness has also been shown to improve a person’s altruistic tendencies. One study conducted by David DeSteno and Monica Bartlett (2010) found that gratitude is correlated with economic generosity. In this study, using an economic game, increased gratitude was shown to directly mediate increased monetary giving.
Psychological interventions (मनोवैज्ञानिक हस्तक्षेप)
Given that gratitude appears to be a strong determinant of people’s well-being, several psychological interventions have been developed to increase gratefulness. For example, Watkins and colleagues had participants test a number of different gratitude exercises, such as thinking about a living person for whom they are grateful, writing about someone for whom they are grateful, and writing a letter to deliver to someone for whom they are grateful.
Recently (2013), the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, has been offering awards for dissertation-level research projects with the greatest potential to advance the science and practice of gratitude.
Siddha preventive exercises (सिद्ध निवारक व्यायाम)
Siddha preventive exercises (सिद्ध निवारक व्यायाम)
Everybody must practice Siddha preventive measures, whether a person is affected with gratitude or not, but preventive measures are the primary steps for switching on to any other Siddha remedies, and hence they are important. It helps in one’s capability, effectiveness, and productivity, decision making power, intellectualism, and removing minor health problems. There are three types of preventive measures:
- Earthing – performed for earthing the negativity of our body
- Field Cleaning – cleans energy field (Aura) of our body
- Siddha Brain Exercise/Energizing – energizes our brain for proper functionality
Everybody’s tendency is to get attracted to the word ‘free‘, however, don’t neglect even these Siddha preventive measures are free. Avail the benefits by practicing them sincerely, and regularly. For the ease of understanding what Siddha preventive measures are, please watch a video for a live demonstration.
Siddha Shaktidata Yog (सिद्ध शक्तिदिता योग)
This unique Siddha Shaktidata Yog of Siddha Spirituality can solve the problems related to gratitude with free Siddha remedies. There is no compulsion of training of ‘Swami Hardas Life System’ methods. This not only gives benefits to self but also it can be used for other affected persons, whether a person is in the same house, distantly available in the same city, same nation or might be in any corner of the world, however, both the procedures have been explained here.
Siddha Kalyan Sadhana (सिद्ध कल्याण साधना)
Recite this Sadhana with a Sankalp “My problems of gratitude are solved as early as possible and I should gain health” (कृतज्ञता की मेरी समस्या जल्द से जल्द हल हो और मुझे स्वास्थ्य हासिल हो ), which should be repeated in mind 3 – 3 times every after each stanza. Any person irrespective of caste, creed, religion, faith, sex, and age can recite this Sadhana for free, which should be repeated at least twice in a day. To know more, please click on this link.
Gratitude benefits (कृतज्ञता के लाभ)
Having an attitude of gratitude doesn’t cost any money. It doesn’t take much time. Positive psychology research has shown that gratitude touches on many aspects of our lives. Our emotions, personality, social dynamics, career success, and health. All of these can contribute to increasing our basic happiness.
A list of gratitude benefits was compiled by aggregating the results of more than 50 research studies on gratitude and gives a detailed review of 31 benefits from gratitude, which include:
- Makes us happier.
- People like us.
- Help make us healthier.
- Boosts our career.
- Strengthens our positive emotions.
- Develops our personality.
- Makes us more optimistic.
- Reduces materialism.
- Increases spiritualism.
- Makes us less self-centered.
- Increases self-esteem.
- Improves your sleep.
- Keeps you away from the doctor.
- Lets you live longer.
- Increases your energy levels.
- Makes you more likely to exercise.
- Helps us bounce back.
- Makes us feel good.
- Makes our memories happier.
- Reduces feelings of envy.
- Helps us relax.
- Makes you friendlier.
- Helps your marriage.
- Makes you look good.
- Helps you make friends.
- Deepens friendships.
- Makes you a more effective manager.
- Helps you network.
- Increases your goal achievement.
- Improves your decision making.
- Increases your productivity.
According to Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.” The positive psychology movement has embraced these studies and in an effort to increase overall well-being, has begun to make an effort to incorporate Siddha preventive exercises to increase gratitude into the movement.