It is scientifically proven to improve overall happiness in your life when you practice the art of gratitude. There have been many studies that show positive results from practicing gratitude. The study shows that individuals that use less negative language.
” The researchers showed that the gratitude-focused participants exhibited increased well-being and they concluded that “a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.”
The participants didn’t begin the study any more grateful or ungrateful than anyone else, and they didn’t change their lives during the study so that they’d have more to be thankful for. They just turned their outlook to one of gratitude, and they were happier for it.” (Psychologytoday.com – Science Proves That Gratitude Is Key to Well-Being)
So what does it mean to be grateful?
It means to focus your attention on things that you appreciate and revisiting that deep feeling in your heart the positivity that those things have brought you. It is so easy to overlook the good things when you are distracted from work and other social activities. By the time we have free time at home, we also look externally at our phones, computers, and tv’s.
By turning your attention to appreciate all the amazing people around you, the life you have built, and all the best experiences you’ve had, it is not a surprise that you will have a more positive outlook on life.
Being able to change your outlook on life to only focus on the positives and acting happy (even if you sometimes don’t feel like that) actually starts changing how your brain processes this information. Sometimes you just need to believe it until it becomes your reality.
This is how to get started today and have a gratitude journal:
1. Buy a journal that captivates you. Something that you are excited to look at and touch/feel. If you are a digital person, you can use a cloud-based note website such as evernote or use your “notes” app. It does not matter what you choose to journal with. The important thing is actually doing it.
2. Make it a ritual. Set aside a few minutes during the time in your schedule that you are most likely to be alone or at peace. For instance, some people like to do it every night before bed, or right when they wake up.The most important thing is that it is the most convenient time for you. You can leave your journal and a pen beside your bed or set an alarm reminder on your phone.
3. List 3 things that you are grateful for every day. It can be anything. Don’t feel like you have to dig deep and talk about existentialism or philosophies of life. Keep it simple and the first 3 things that come to mind. You can be grateful for the same things over and over each day if you want. The key takeaway should be the act of practicing gratitude.
Here are some examples of things to be grateful for:
– Good health
– People who you choose to surround yourself
– Having a roof over your head
– The life you have built
– How far you have come in life
– Employment/Job that you love or it pays the bills
– Having access to clean water
– The amazing dinner you just had
– The places you have travelled to
These are just some ideas! Remember, the sky is the limit.
I hope your gratitude journey will send you as much love and light as it did for me.