Thank you very much

It can be difficult to find the silver lining in a situation, but when we practice, express and focus on gratitude, we improve our mood, our health and our outlook on life.  Here are some of the benefits:

Gratitude supports health

  • Improved physical, emotional, and social well-being
  • Greater optimism and happiness,
  • Improved feelings of connection in times of loss or crises
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Heightened energy levels
  • Strengthened heart, immune system, and decreased blood pressure
  • Improved emotional and academic intelligence
  • Expanded capacity for forgiveness
  • Decreased stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches
  • Improved self-care and greater likelihood to exercise
  • Heightened spirituality — ability to see something bigger than ourselves

 

One of the most effective ways to start practicing gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal.  Every morning when you wake write down three things you are grateful for that day.  Before bed write down three things that happened during the day that you are grateful for.  Reasearch has shown that even doing this for just two weeks brings about some of the positive effects listed above in comparison to those not practicing gratitude.  Even on the worst days, the little silver linings are there.  The more you practice, the easier it will become to find them.

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