The Impact of Gratitude on Your Happiness & Health in Raleigh
I wanted to use this week's email to talk about Gratitude and how it can have a profound impact on your happiness as well as your health.
Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
There are 31 documented benefits of being grateful that were compiled by aggregating the results of more than 40 research studies on gratitude. I have included the chart from that study here as I think it shows a good representation of how expressing gratitude leads to happiness and improved emotional and physical health as well as benefits your career and social life. The article came from the website www.happierhuman.com.
So as you can see from the chart, being more grateful and expressing more gratitude can have a tremendous impact on your life. From a health perspective, having more gratitude leads to improved sleep, less pain, more time spent exercising, less depressive symptoms, lower systolic blood pressure, and increases energy.
How do we become more grateful? I think the best way to do this is by keeping a gratitude journal. You do this by getting a journal and spending 5 minutes daily (daily is best, but even if you do this weekly it can improve your life) writing down the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. Your gratefulness can be as simple as appreciating the person who got you your coffee this morning, or being thankful for today’s sunshine, or for appreciating the person who let you go ahead of them in line, or to the friend who always knows how to make you laugh. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things others have done on your behalf.
Other ways to become more grateful include going through grateful motions including smiling, saying thank you, and writing simple letters, emails or even texts of gratitude to those who you appreciate. Use visual reminders like pictures of the people or things you are grateful for to set a tone of gratitude. The two primary obstacles to gratefulness are forgetfulness and a lack of mindful awareness, visual reminders can serve as cues to trigger thoughts of gratitude.
In Good Health,
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