Did you know that practicing gratitude is way more than just an affirmation or a social media meme? It might even sound a little corny, but there is good scientific evidence that being grateful, consciously counting your blessings and being thankful, is good for your mental health. It turns out that practicing gratitude does make you happier.
Still skeptical? Here are three ways that grateful thinking can promote inner peace, change your mindset and improve your life!
1. Emotional and mental health
There are now more than a decade of studies showing that keeping a gratitude journal can lead to marked improvements in mood, life satisfaction, and even better sleep. The simple act of listing things to be grateful for, or thankful for in their lives sets up a virtuous circle of feeling better about yourself and your circumstances.
The effects of keeping the journal increased over time so the longer the participants kept a diary, the happier they become. Focusing on gratitude has also been shown to have a substantial positive impact on depression, anxiety, and stress.
People who have a high level of gratitude are less likely to be envious of others and are more resilient when it comes to dealing with life’s ups and downs. Being aware of the positive aspects of life and being consciously thankful has also been shown to improve relationships and increase social supports and networks. It can even enhance your spirituality and make you more connected to your values.
2. Enhance your career
Practicing Gratitude can have some tangible career benefits. It can make you a more effective and supportive manager, which in turn will motivate your employees, and build team spirit. Gratitude can make you a better decision maker and better able to deal with workplace stress.
Employees can also benefit from practicing gratitude, from being more likely to find their work meaningful to being kinder to each other. Having a positive, thankful attitude inspires and builds trust and respect and enhances perceptions of your leadership potential.
3. Physical health
ore surprisingly perhaps, practicing gratitude has been demonstrated to have significant physical health benefits. In both short- and long-term studies, practicing gratitude can lead to lower blood pressure, improved sleep, better overall physical health and more significant commitment to exercise.
Gratitude is also useful in helping people recover from substance abuse, depression, and coronary health events. The simple act of bringing to mind things that are good in your life right now can have all sorts of far-reaching effects on you and the people around you.
And all you have to do is choose to be grateful.
So, my question today is, how will you practice gratitude today?
Share any thoughts, ideas or questions below.
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