Why You Should Start A Gratitude Practice

Updated: Jan 15

How to get an attitude of gratitude:

Just start. What comes to mind when you think about the good things in your life? Begin by jotting down three of these examples in detail.. Get our new book in the Wellness Market or Amazon:: The Gratitude Book: Vol. 1 for an easy to use gratitude journal!

Reap the benefits of gratitude journaling:

Gratitude improves your psychological health

We're talking a serious boost to your well-being here. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret.

Gratitude improves physical health. 

Grateful people have fewer aches and pain as shown in a study in 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Grateful people also are less likely to take their health for granted and therefore lead healthier lifestyles promoting their longevity.

Grateful people sleep better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.

Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kindly, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.

Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or send a thank-you note to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.

Gratitude improves self-esteem. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs—a major factor in reduced self-esteem—grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

You've got this! Time for you to level up

Gratitude increases mental strength. This practice is a proven stress-buster and an essential tool in over-coming trauma. The goal here is simple. Three things a day, every day. If you have an unbelievably wonderful day and wish to add to the list, all the better!

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