Improve your Health with an Attitude for Gratitude

Improve your Health with an Attitude for Gratitude

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There is a difference between instant gratification - a compliment bringing a burst of happiness, and the practise of gratitude, which leads to a more sustained form of happiness. Practising daily gratitude can alter your frame of mind and lead to a more positive outlook on life. Research in positive psychology has found gratitude to be the energetic opposite of emotions such as stress, sadness, anger, boredom, and feelings of attachment and being overwhelmed. By practising gratitude, it becomes easier to look at the ‘brighter side’ of life, which has immediate and long-lasting effects on our physical and emotional health. When we are in the habit of feeling grateful, we become more and more grateful for things in our lives, and based on the law of attraction, more things to be grateful for, can present themselves.

Simple ways to include gratitude into your daily life

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1.Write a thank you note

Gratitude is not only rewarding to us, it is rewarding to others too, igniting a ripple effect reaching everyone around us. It is common to feel thankful to the people that surround us, but we often don’t say ‘thank-you’ enough. Expressing gratitude to the people that bring you joy and who you appreciate can nurture the relationship you have and may be exactly what someone needs to hear. Write a gratitude letter, make a phone call, or simply express your gratitude next time you see them. And while you are at it, write a note of gratitude to yourself.

2.Keep a gratitude journal

At the end of the day, take a moment to reflect on at least 3 things that you are grateful for, and write these down. Whether it is a supportive friend, an opportunity that arose, a compliment you received or simply that the weather was beautiful that day. The bigger the list the better. The more often you write in your journal, the more blessings you will begin to count. 

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3. Meditate

Meditation involves focusing on the present moment. It involves feeling the sensation of your breath, your body sitting against a chair, and the sun against your skin (depending on where you are) enjoying being in that very moment. Take a moment in the morning, in the evening, or in the middle of your day to meditate. And remember if thoughts come into your head, they are just thoughts, let them pass. Making meditation a part of your daily practise can help to bring focus into your day, and enhance levels of gratitude, as you practise being in the present moment. 

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People feel and express gratitude in a multitude of ways. No matter how often you feel or express gratitude, with practise, this mental state grows stronger, bringing clarity and joy to many areas of your life. We all have something to be grateful for, and the ability to increase our levels of gratitude in each day. It is often said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Practising a form of gratitude that works for you for 21 days can have long lasting effects on all aspects of your health and wellbeing, and the lives of those around you. Give it a try!

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Improve your Health with an Attitude for Gratitude

There is a difference between instant gratification - a compliment bringing a burst of happiness, and the practise of gratitude, which leads to a more sustained form of happiness. Practising daily gratitude can alter your frame of mind and lead to a more positive outlook on life. Research in positive psychology has found gratitude to be the energetic opposite of emotions such as stress, sadness, anger, boredom, and feelings of attachment and being overwhelmed. By practising gratitude, it becomes easier to look at the ‘brighter side’ of life, which has immediate and long-lasting effects on our physical and emotional health. When we are in the habit of feeling grateful, we become more and more grateful for things in our lives, and based on the law of attraction, more things to be grateful for, can present themselves.

Simple ways to include gratitude into your daily life

Write a thank you note.jpg

1.Write a thank you note

Gratitude is not only rewarding to us, it is rewarding to others too, igniting a ripple effect reaching everyone around us. It is common to feel thankful to the people that surround us, but we often don’t say ‘thank-you’ enough. Expressing gratitude to the people that bring you joy and who you appreciate can nurture the relationship you have and may be exactly what someone needs to hear. Write a gratitude letter, make a phone call, or simply express your gratitude next time you see them. And while you are at it, write a note of gratitude to yourself.

2.Keep a gratitude journal

At the end of the day, take a moment to reflect on at least 3 things that you are grateful for, and write these down. Whether it is a supportive friend, an opportunity that arose, a compliment you received or simply that the weather was beautiful that day. The bigger the list the better. The more often you write in your journal, the more blessings you will begin to count. 

Meditate.jpg

3. Meditate

Meditation involves focusing on the present moment. It involves feeling the sensation of your breath, your body sitting against a chair, and the sun against your skin (depending on where you are) enjoying being in that very moment. Take a moment in the morning, in the evening, or in the middle of your day to meditate. And remember if thoughts come into your head, they are just thoughts, let them pass. Making meditation a part of your daily practise can help to bring focus into your day, and enhance levels of gratitude, as you practise being in the present moment. 

Express gratitude.jpg

People feel and express gratitude in a multitude of ways. No matter how often you feel or express gratitude, with practise, this mental state grows stronger, bringing clarity and joy to many areas of your life. We all have something to be grateful for, and the ability to increase our levels of gratitude in each day. It is often said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Practising a form of gratitude that works for you for 21 days can have long lasting effects on all aspects of your health and wellbeing, and the lives of those around you. Give it a try!

Improve your Health with an Attitude for Gratitude

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