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There Are Many Benefits Of Practicing Gratitude

Do you ever take the time to appreciate all the great people and things in your life?  There are so many small things that people take for granted and so many people that people take for granted.  Without these things and people their life would not be as great as it is and they need to recognize that.  Maybe if people knew the benefits of practicing gratitude they’d take more time to do it.

Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

We should be grateful for the special people and the things that make us happy.  Being grateful makes you aware of all the great things surrounding you and it has benefits.  Here are a few:

  1. Gratitude makes you more optimistic.

Did you know that practicing gratitude actually makes you a more optimistic person?  Optimism makes you happier, improves your health and even increases your life span by a few years.

  1. Gratitude improves your sleep.

As you try to fall asleep what’s on your mind?  If it’s worry and frustration you’re going to be tense and not be able to get a long, restful sleep.  If you’re thinking about all the things you’re grateful for your body and mind will be relaxed and calm making it possible to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

  1. Gratitude makes you more resilient.

People who practice gratitude seem to have a more pro-active way of dealing with things.  They’re more likely to seek out help when they need it and they seem to cope better with stress.

  1. Gratitude helps your marriage.

It’s easy for couples to start taking each other for granted and when that happens quite often the relationship suffers.  When couples appreciate each other and let that be known they create a much tighter and more loving bond.

  1. Gratitude increases your productivity.

When you practice gratitude, you feel more energetic and happy.  When you feel energetic and happy you can’t help but be more productive.

What/Who Are You Grateful For?

Take some time today to think about all the people and things that bring you joy.  Write them down and reflect on how they make you feel and why they make you feel that way.  Just a few minutes of doing this will be enough to lift your mood and help you have a better outlook on life.

The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude Daily

Did you know that practicing gratitude and being thankful for what you have is good for your health and will enhance your well-being?

Have you ever caught yourself focusing on the negative and blaming people and things for certain things you don’t like in your life? I think we all do sometimes and it really doesn’t serve us in any way. Focusing on the negative puts you into a negative mindset and a negative mindset actually attracts more negativity. What if we all automatically focused on the positive?

Practicing Gratitude Improves Our Health

People who focus on the positive and practice gratitude in their life report feeling more alive, having a stronger immune system, sleeping better, and being able to handle stress better. People who write down what they’re grateful for before bed tend to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. When you go to bed feeling positive it’s much easier to relax and let the stress of the day disappear.

A study done by, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, showed that those individuals who practiced weekly gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives.

What Happens When We Practice Gratitude?

People who regularly practice gratitude experience:

·         More positive emotions

·         Lower levels of depression

·         Greater life satisfaction

·         Better health

·         Greater vitality

·         A more optimistic outlook on life

·         The ability to build stronger relationships

·         The ability to handle stress better

·         The capacity to empathetic and to be able to understand other’s perspectives

 Let’s Be Grateful!

Like any skill gratitude requires practice. Keep a gratitude journal and write down a new thing every day that you’re grateful for. Don’t just write that you’re grateful for the same stuff every day. Look for the small things in life to be grateful. I don’t love having to work super early, but I’m grateful for the lack of traffic on the mornings that I go in early.

When you actively practice gratitude, a neat thing happens. Over time you’ll notice that you start to naturally see the positive in every situation – you’ll actually start to seek out the positive spin even when situations seem negative.

Anytime we set out to form a new habit there’ll be a few obstacles along the way so set yourself up for success. Find a time during the day where you can really focus on what you’re grateful for. Maybe first thing in the morning before everyone gets up. Or maybe use your commute to think about what you’re grateful for. Even if you don’t write it down just thinking about what you’re grateful for is very beneficial for your health. Maybe start a ‘Gratitude’ Facebook group.

What Are You Grateful For?

Find something to be grateful for right now.  I’m grateful for spell check 😀