I believe that the #1 way to practice gratitude is:
Journaling (writing) our thoughts and reflections is a powerful tool for practicing gratitude.
“Stop feeling sorry for yourself,” we are often told. And while it can be hard to avoid self-pity entirely, mentally strong people choose to exchange self-pity for gratitude. Whether you choose to write a few sentences in a gratitude journal, or simply take a moment to silently acknowledge all that you have, giving thanks can transform your life.
We may think and feel grateful for people and things but actually putting pen to paper is a whole other level.
“Dozens of (scientific) studies have found that gratitude can improve well-being, can help people curb depression and anxiety, improve cholesterol and get better sleep”
PROF. ROBERT EMMONS, DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY, THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
You can’t avoid negative experiences altogether, but you can about train your brain to appreciate the positive experiences when they happen and take the time to focus on them.
Practicing gratitude in the form of journaling daily is beneficial for our holistic health and mindset.
Here are 5 scientifically proven benefits:
1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends, (and keep current) according to a 2014 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.
2. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.
3. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
4. Gratitude increases mental strength. For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of post-traumatic stress disorder. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Recognizing all that you have to be thankful for —even during the worst times—fosters resilience.
5. Grateful people sleep better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
This is just a snapshot of the amazing benefits of practicing gratitude has. So grab that journal today & start writing! Don’t over think it! Just let the thoughts flow!
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