The Power of Gratitude
February 23, 2017
Do you want to be happier, healthier, and more productive? What a silly question, because of course, we all want that! Great news; I have the secret magic potion for you to achieve just that! The magic potion for happiness, health, and productivity is…
More greats news, expressing gratitude more in your life requires little time and no money!
What is gratitude?
Gratitude is an emotion that relates to our ability to feel and express thankfulness and appreciation. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions. It has also been a popular topic of interest to ancient, medieval, and modern philosophers. In 2007, Robert Emmons began researching gratitude through a psychological lens. He found that practicing gratitude improves mental, physical, and relational well-being.
What are the benefits of practicing gratitude?
The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. Here are a few the great things that gratitude can do for you:
- Physical, emotional, and social well-being.
- Greater happiness.
- Higher self-esteem.
- Strengthened heart, immune system, and decreased blood pressure.
- Improves emotional & academic intelligence.
- Heightened spirituality.
- Improved self-care and greater likelihood to exercise.
- Decreased stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches.
How can I practice gratitude more often in my life?
In my opinion, there are different ways to express gratitude, and you should choose what works best for you. If you are like me, you may have too many things going on to remember such an important practice. One of my personal favorite ways is to keep a gratitude journal. In this journal, I write 10 things I am grateful for every morning. After that, I read them and make sure I truly vibrate the feeling of gratitude throughout my body. Here is a list of various ways I recommend to try to incorporate gratitude into your life more often.
- Gratitude journal.
- Write someone you love a thank you note.
- Say thank you more often.
- Share gratitude at the dinner table.
- Express thankfulness for the hard times, too.
- Thank people doing service.
- Gratitude meditation.
I hope that this has inspired you to find an inner greatness that you may not have known was there, and if you are reading this blog post, remember how lucky you are to have a computer to read it on! Look around you, because there is greatness all around!