“Belongings lose their magic, and looks fade, so try to live a life of thanks and you will always be happy with your lot.”
Gratitude is an appreciation of what is meaningful to you. … A National Institutes of Health study found that when you express kindness or feel gratitude, your hypothalamus floods your brain with dopamine. This gives you a natural high, motivating you to do good and express gratitude even more.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.
Research also shows that gratitude is a strong way to reduce anxiety. Such effects are in addition to gratitude’s ability to strengthen relationships, improve mental health, and minimize stress. In fact, researchers suggest that gratitude’s effects may be long-lasting and especially positive.
How do you practice daily gratitude?
Try these ideas:
- Each day, think of 3 things you are grateful for. Nature. People. …
- Start a gratitude journal. Making a commitment to writing down good things each day makes it more likely that we will notice good things as they happen.
- Practice gratitude rituals. Some people say grace before a meal.
Remember: your thoughts CREATE!! So if you’re struggling with adherence or to stay positive in life…..WHY NOT give this a go? What do you have to lose?
Coach Laura x