written by Erica Quam
Research shows that grateful people are happier and healthier. How grateful are you? You can even take a quiz and find out. Just click here.
Four Benefits of Gratitude:
Makes us happier (and even reduces anxiety & depression)
Gratitude has been scientifically proven to be one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness. It boosts your positive emotions - and turns the half empty glass into one that's half full. Even in the face of adversities - like cancer, aging, and chronic disease.
Is good for your body
Studies have shown that "gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains. It also encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health."
Helps you sleep better
The more grateful you are the less time you will spend awake before falling asleep, and you'll even feel more refreshed when you wake up. Got a lot on your mind? Make a mental gratitude list instead of counting sheep.
To forgive, you have to have gratitude. Once you are grateful, you create a shift that help you begin to let go of negativity, judgements, criticism, & things we hold onto that keep us from forgiving someone or something.
Be in relationship
To be in relationship with gratitude is to develop a practice. Instead of holding out to express your great big thanks during the Thanksgiving Day blessing - just before the turkey is served, integrate it into your life - on a daily basis.
How do you begin a gratitude practice?
Simply start with a daily gratitude list. List 5 or 10 things - big and small - that you are grateful for each day. Kick things off & generate momentum by listing a few of yours in the comments below.
Need more of a challenge to jumpstart your progress? Try the 21-day gratitude challenge. Grab it here and go!