THE BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE - START THE NEW YEAR APPRECIATING ALL THAT YOU HAVE AND REAP THE BENEFITS BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.
As we begin 2018 I thought it would be a good time to really take some time to consider where we are and what we are doing and notice all the things in our lives that we have to be grateful for.
When we focus on what we have to be grateful for, our lives feel more abundant and we are reminded that life isn’t as difficult as we often feel it is.
When you practice gratitude, you get to enjoy the benefits of reliving the positivity in your mind, and you spread gratitude to those around you through your actions. I am sure you know that glow you feel from receiving a genuine compliment or how good it is to get a little card to say “thank you”.
In fact, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous. Research reveals gratitude can help you build relationships; improve your health and wellness through positive thinking and being proactive; improve your mental health by reducing toxic emotions such as envy resentment, frustration and regret.
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., 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.
We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. I think living here in Kenya it is so much more poignant – we are surrounded by extreme poverty and yet often I see more gratitude from the children on the side of the road than I do from our own, who have almost everything they could desire.
Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.
A simple way to begin: Start a gratitude journal.
What the heck is a Gratitude Journal, don’t panic its nothing complicated!! It is a precious notebook that you may write in on a daily to weekly basis about all the things you have to be grateful for. Somedays that may be harder than others – but look for the good where you may have forgotten to notice it. Have you started to take that amazing view for granted or forgotten how nice it was when your husband brought you a cup of tea in bed. If you think about it, often it is the simple things that give us the most pleasure, but we become immune to with all the dreaming about what we want or need that we don’t have.
Your little book may help you to put your life in perspective. Instead of focusing solely on what tomorrow will bring, it can help keep you in the moment. Keep you grateful and happy for your life as it is. Help you to live in the present, which is a difficult thing to do in this day and age.
Happy people appreciate the present, unhappy people live forever unsatisfied as they always focus on what they have not achieved or obtained.
How to start?
Find a gorgeous notebook, or make it your own with drawings, pictures or decorations. Take 5 minutes before bed once a week or daily to write down three things that you are grateful for in your life. You’ll be surprised how much you are already blessed with and ADDED BONUS it may even help you sleep better – allowing your head to hit the pillow with all the positive thoughts from your day at the forefront of your mind.
So, LIVE, LOVE LAUGH: life’s too short not to!