Expressing gratitude can improve your life in all areas, including your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Gratitude is showing appreciation for what’s in your life and being thankful. Most people are familiar with giving thanks at Thanksgiving, but research has found that expressing gratitude throughout the year can have a major impact on your health and happiness. Studies show that counting blessings instead of burdens can improve physical health, energy, psychological health, empathy, relationships, self-esteem, and resilience and overall well-being. Regular gratitude practice can also help you sleep better, decrease stress, and strengthen immunity.
When you shift your focus from being frustrated with what you lack to being thankful for what you have, you automatically feel more satisfied. This simple practice of expressing gratitude can completely transform your attitude. Keeping a gratitude journal shifts your focus from any problems you’re dealing with to more positive areas of your life. It helps you get perspective and recognize the “good stuff.”
Gratitude can be found by simply changing the way you look at the world around you. Shifting your focus and viewing life through the lens of gratitude can help you get through hard times by upgrading your perspective. It helps you view setbacks, failures or negative experiences as opportunities for growth and learning. Giving thanks is the ultimate way to clear your head and fill your heart.
How To Practice Gratitude
Expressing gratitude can be done at any time, anywhere. One of the easiest ways to incorporate gratitude is to keep a journal and write down at least five things you’re grateful for daily. We often think of giving thanks for the big things that happen in our lives, but it’s just as important to write down the little things too. Be specific with what you write and challenge yourself to explore new areas to keep it fresh. Focus on people and experiences over possessions. You can even include others by sharing gratitude at dinner.
Another easy way to express gratitude is giving thanks before you eat. This helps you eat more mindfully and can even enhance the flavor of food.
No matter how you choose to express yourself or how little time you spend doing it, the important thing is that you do it on a regular basis.
Use gratitude as a daily mental tool you can use to remind yourself of the good stuff you’re surrounded by but often forget or take for granted. If you can make gratitude a habit, you’ll be more likely to get through the hard times easier and enjoy the good times even more.
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Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,