To boost your overall health, well-being and happiness, beginning a daily gratitude practice may be just what you need.
Many studies on the nature of gratitude and its impact life have proven it can change you in significant and positive ways. Here are seven key findings :
1. Keeping a gratitude journal, listing all the things you are grateful for in your life, each day will lead you to complain less, have a more optimistic view on things and experience fewer negative physical symptoms.
2. The more grateful you are, the less depressed you feel and the better you take care of yourself.
3. Practicing gratitude exercises daily leads to higher states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy (compared to those who focus on daily hassles or boring events).
4. Focusing on gratitude reduces stress levels and the need to compare with to others. Jealousy and envy diminish with ongoing gratitude practice.
5. People who regularly recognize and acknowledge personal gratitude are more likely to help others and be helped when in need.
6. When you are connected the good in life, you are far more likely to progress toward your personal goals and achieve them.
7. Grateful people have a stronger belief in the interconnectedness of all life and live more wholehearted- connected lives.
By spending a few minutes each day reflecting on the positive aspects of your life, you cultivate a new habits and grow feelings of emotional well-being and satisfaction.
Ask yourself, “How often do I take these wonderful things in my life for granted?” and keep your responses as reminders for your gratitude practice.