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Seven Reasons to Start Your Gratitude Practice Today

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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.


Six Ways to Choose Happiness


Happiness is a choice.

All too often the distraction and hustle of our life stops us from making clear choices that support our happiness.  We can miss opportunities to make healthy choices even when they are right in front of us.  

So where can you start?  Here are seven choices to start making now to increase your happiness.  

1.  Stop caring what other people think of you. We spend a lot of energy trying to prove ourselves to other people in this world.  What other people think is beyond our control, so worrying about it won't actually help.  Imagine if instead of losing that energy trying to please others, you focused all that energy on pleasing yourself.  What would you do differently today.

2.  Quit gossiping. Gossipping is just a way of focusing time and energy on negative, judgmental thoughts.  Instead, shift your focus to aspiration, admiration, and gratitude and notice the shift in your mood that follows.  

3.  Let go of insecurity. Insecurity often comes from judgment and comparison.  When we let go of these two, we can move into a more compassionate relationship with ourself.  Notice where you feel insecurity sneaking into your daily life and boost your confidence, or ask for a boost from someone you trust. 

4.  Stop taking things personally. Learning to let things go and not take them too seriously is critical to happiness.  When you notice you are making things all about you try to acknowledge it's going on and might not be accurate.  Again, shift the focus to your strengths, appreciation, and gratitude.

5.  Give up spending money on what you don’t need in effort to buy happiness. Money truly cannot buy happiness- all the research on the richest folks show they struggle just as much with lasting happiness as the rest of us.  No material goods will give you lasting happiness.  

6.  Give up control. One of my mentors used to remind me, "you can't force anything good." And she was right.  You can't force happiness, you have to allow space for it.  Learning to let go is critical to long-term happiness.


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