Is gratitude the secret to happiness?

Is gratitude the secret to happiness?

Author -  GoodHealth

As the end of year approaches, you may feel busy, overwhelmed and run-down wondering where the time went. If you’re thinking about all the things that need to still be done, it is time to take stock of where you are, what you’ve achieved and what is in store. With warmer weather, longer days and more flowers blooming, now is the perfect time to take on the age-old advice, to stop and smell the roses.

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A lot can happen in 12 months, so it is important to look at all you have achieved and all that you are thankful for in life. Take a moment to think about all the things you are grateful for, it could be as simple as saying “I am thankful for having clean water that runs from the tap” as you sip on a glass of water or it could relate to something more specific in your life. Taking time to appreciate little moments, helps the central nervous system to relax and the mind to focus on the positives in life, helping to change your perspective of the world.

When you feel irritated by something, try to send it some gratitude. Maybe it’s raining and you wished that the sun was shining, take a moment to feel gratitude for the rain and give thanks for the nourishment it gives to the plants and soil. Aiming to write down 1-3 things a day that we have gratitude for can be a lovely way to enhance positivity and attract gratitude back into our lives. A gratitude diary can be your own unique way of keeping on track with your own happiness.

Practising gratitude first thing in the morning can help to provide a positive direction for the day ahead and in the evening, it can help you to reflect on all you experienced during the day gone by. This can be done simply by focusing on one thing you are grateful for or counting quickly on your fingers ten things that instantly come to mind.

When you are thinking of someone or feeling thankful for having them in your life, let them know. It may be something they need to hear. Helping others can also help you experience more inner happiness or thankfulness. Stopping to help those in need or even smiling and wishing others a happy day or giving a compliment, has been shown to inherently benefit both the giver and receiver. Spreading gratitude helps lift your mood and supports inner wellness.

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Life gets busy, but it is never too late to slow down. If you are feeling overwhelmed, do something for yourself. Get up 5 minutes earlier and sit outside watching the sun rise, put your phone on silent for an hour and read a book, take some deep breaths whilst making yourself a cup of tea, or ask for help if you need it. When you can find moments to focus on what a wonder life is, you will feel more grateful and more positive things will seem to happen. The people around you will feel the positivity and gratitude too and they in turn will be more positive towards you. The law of attraction can help us indefinitely, the more we put out positivity the more we may attract back to ourselves. Another way to keep track of all our thoughts of gratitude is to write a note for each grateful moment and pop it into a jar. At the start of the new year open the jar and reflect on all the good that has happened in the past year.

Making gratitude a part of our everyday life is an ongoing process for us all. Studies show it takes at least 8 weeks of practising gratitude to feel its positive effects on our own health. Reflection, alongside making the most of our life moments, are both key to a happy healthier life. In the poignant words of Ferriss Bueller “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In amongst the busy pace of life, making time for deeper gratitude can help us all reset and see the bigger picture of achieving inner contentment.

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Is gratitude the secret to happiness?

As the end of year approaches, you may feel busy, overwhelmed and run-down wondering where the time went. If you’re thinking about all the things that need to still be done, it is time to take stock of where you are, what you’ve achieved and what is in store. With warmer weather, longer days and more flowers blooming, now is the perfect time to take on the age-old advice, to stop and smell the roses.
You can listen to this article here:

A lot can happen in 12 months, so it is important to look at all you have achieved and all that you are thankful for in life. Take a moment to think about all the things you are grateful for, it could be as simple as saying “I am thankful for having clean water that runs from the tap” as you sip on a glass of water or it could relate to something more specific in your life. Taking time to appreciate little moments, helps the central nervous system to relax and the mind to focus on the positives in life, helping to change your perspective of the world.

When you feel irritated by something, try to send it some gratitude. Maybe it’s raining and you wished that the sun was shining, take a moment to feel gratitude for the rain and give thanks for the nourishment it gives to the plants and soil. Aiming to write down 1-3 things a day that we have gratitude for can be a lovely way to enhance positivity and attract gratitude back into our lives. A gratitude diary can be your own unique way of keeping on track with your own happiness.

Practising gratitude first thing in the morning can help to provide a positive direction for the day ahead and in the evening, it can help you to reflect on all you experienced during the day gone by. This can be done simply by focusing on one thing you are grateful for or counting quickly on your fingers ten things that instantly come to mind.

When you are thinking of someone or feeling thankful for having them in your life, let them know. It may be something they need to hear. Helping others can also help you experience more inner happiness or thankfulness. Stopping to help those in need or even smiling and wishing others a happy day or giving a compliment, has been shown to inherently benefit both the giver and receiver. Spreading gratitude helps lift your mood and supports inner wellness.

gratitude-1.jpg

Life gets busy, but it is never too late to slow down. If you are feeling overwhelmed, do something for yourself. Get up 5 minutes earlier and sit outside watching the sun rise, put your phone on silent for an hour and read a book, take some deep breaths whilst making yourself a cup of tea, or ask for help if you need it. When you can find moments to focus on what a wonder life is, you will feel more grateful and more positive things will seem to happen. The people around you will feel the positivity and gratitude too and they in turn will be more positive towards you. The law of attraction can help us indefinitely, the more we put out positivity the more we may attract back to ourselves. Another way to keep track of all our thoughts of gratitude is to write a note for each grateful moment and pop it into a jar. At the start of the new year open the jar and reflect on all the good that has happened in the past year.

Making gratitude a part of our everyday life is an ongoing process for us all. Studies show it takes at least 8 weeks of practising gratitude to feel its positive effects on our own health. Reflection, alongside making the most of our life moments, are both key to a happy healthier life. In the poignant words of Ferriss Bueller “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In amongst the busy pace of life, making time for deeper gratitude can help us all reset and see the bigger picture of achieving inner contentment.

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