“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts become conscious of our treasures” – Thornton Wilder
“Always look on the bright side of Life”
– Oprah Winfrey
11 Reasons You Need to Start Practicing Gratitude right Now:
Mind / Spirit
- The Chill Pill – Side effect free, a daily dose of recommended gratitude may help to reduce anxiety and stress.
- Has been linked to a greater sense of well-being and quality of life.
- Rebounder – Gratitude has been shown to help individual’s bounce back faster from sudden tragic events. The times that it is hardest to see in gratitude are the times that we need it the most. When we make a habit out of it, it is easier to stick to the habit in difficult times and use it to uplift ourselves.
- It makes us happier: Just 5 minutes of daily gratitude journaling has been shown to increase your long-term overall well-being by 10%!
- Social Butterfly: Gratitude has been linked with having increased social circles and a greater quality of relationships. This meant having deeper connections, and stronger relationships. Why? Gratitude helps us to see the best in others, appreciate them and feel closer to them which is reciprocated. It feels good to be appreciated and others will gravitate towards this.
- Accomplish more: Gratitude has been linked to increased productivity and goal achievement.
- Quiets the Green Eyed Monster: being grateful for what we have reduces our jealousy of others. When we appreciate all we have, we can appreciate what others have as well. This is the feeling of true abundance.
8. Beauty Sleep – Studies have shown that just 15 minutes of writing in gratitude before bed can help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
9. Exerciser: One study found that those who practised gratitude on a daily basis, spent 19% more time exercising.
10. Energizer – has been shown to increase energy. True gratefulness will raise your energy and the surge of feel good hormones can heighten your energy levels and make you feel more vibrant!
11. Beat the cold: Has been linked to a stronger immune system.
I feel a very unusual sensation — if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.
The attitude of Gratitude
Wait just a moment! This is not a one week practice. Across most studies, result increased slowly. Why?
- It may take time to really induce grateful feelings. Even if it seems more monotonous and trivial at first, keep going. The real feelings of appreciation will come and grow stronger with time.
- It’s a mindset: eventually gratitude will become a way of life, you see in gratitude and this is where wellness will take a grateful leap!
Getting in the Mood: How to LIVE in Gratitude
The challenge to swear by
Pen to Paper
When you have the intention to write them down, you begin to look for these things and I promise, they will show up. Big, small, it’s all the same and there is something to be said about making your appreciation a concrete thought on paper.
What began as a small, honest journaling of three things I was grateful for each night, morphed into pages of thankful rambling and those pages turned to notebooks now stock piled on my shelves. Eventually I got to the point where keeping a journal seemed unnecessary, it was simply my life. But at anytime, when things get busy, the journaling is always there to pick back up and refresh our perspectives.
The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.