Gratitude is associated with greater happiness, fewer negative emotions, better mental and physical health, and even improved relationships. So why are we not all practicing more gratitude?
What Is An Attitude of Gratitude?
An attitude of gratitude is a mindset supported by the habit of sharing and expressing your thankfulness and appreciation for everything in your life, no matter how big or how small.
Why Is It Important to Write Down What You Are Grateful For?
Writing about what you are grateful for on a piece of paper increases your awareness and deepens the emotional impact of your thoughts.
Expressing your gratitude in writing
- gives your mind a positive direction to move in
- keeps you accountable for developing healthier thoughts to support your happiness
I started writing in my first gratitude journal just over 5 years ago. At that time, I was anxious, stressed, and exhausted. Along with hypnotherapy, writing in my gratitude journal gave me hope. When I started, my gratitude entries were only a word each, but it wasn’t long before I started to notice a great deal of change.
Yes, hypnotherapy helped me tremendously, and I practiced self-hypnosis religiously, but it was my attitude of gratitude and journaling that gave me perspective. In a very short time, my gratitude entries got longer and more expressive. I began to easily observe the beauty in and around me, and saw my viewpoint shift and expand so I could notice possibilities and opportunities I’d never considered before.
As you start to practice gratitude and write a daily entry in your gratitude journal, you will start noticing that many aspects of your life improve and with this, your attitude of gratitude.
Here Are 6 Areas of Your Life That Can Improve, Along with Your Attitude of Gratitude, If You Keep A Gratitude Journal:
#1 Improved Physical Health and Less Pain
Based on a study, grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and feel healthier than others. Grateful people are also more likely to take better care of themselves and to tune into and honour their physical and emotional needs.
#2 Stress and Anxiety Management
- Keeping a gratitude journal helps you to manage stress and anxiety by putting more attention on your positive thoughts.
- Writing down grateful and positive thoughts encourages your mind to think in a positive direction, raises your awareness, elicits more positive emotions, enhances your enjoyment, allows you to experience moments on a deeper level, and helps you deal with adversity.
- Regular practice of gratitude helps you stay calmer and avoid the spiralling effect of stress and anxiety.
#3 Better Sleep
Writing positive statements in your gratitude journal before going to sleep promotes better and longer sleep.
The thoughts you experience in the few minutes right before falling asleep will go through the subconscious sieve. This means that when you practice positive thoughts before bed, you visualize positive outcomes and experience good feelings that get sent straight to your subconscious. These subconscious good feelings will cause you to feel calmer and more content overall, which promotes longer and better quality sleep.
#4 Fewer Negative Emotions
What you focus on expands.
When you focus on positive feelings and being present, you automatically eliminate negative feelings. This is not to say that grateful people do not experience negative emotions. But they do experience them less, and when they do, they can quickly shift their attention and focus on a solution rather than lock themselves in a state of negativity.
#5 Increased Self-Esteem
A 2014 study showed that athletes with higher levels of gratitude increased their self-esteem over time and had higher affective trust in their coaches, which is an essential component of optimal performance. Gratitude also reduces social comparison, allowing people to focus on their own development and achievements.
#6 New And Improved Relationships
- Grateful people naturally compliment and appreciate others. They use more positive words, making others feel appreciated and enjoy being around them.
- Appreciating the people already in your life and thanking new ones causes people to seek your company as they feel valuable.
- Grateful people tend to give credit to other people for success, rather than taking the credit themselves.
What You Focus on Expands
In a study done in 2014 at UC Berkeley researchers using fMRI scanning discovered that gratitude has a lasting effect on the brain:
“While not conclusive, this finding suggests that practicing gratitude may help train the brain to be more sensitive to the experience of gratitude down the line, and this could contribute to improved mental health over time.”
Although practicing gratitude can be challenging at first, it is a very rewarding practice to start. Robert Emmons, PhD, who has studied gratitude for more than 20 years, says that people who practice gratitude regularly report a multitude of physical, psychological, and social benefits.
What you focus on expands. Choose to focus on the good that life has to offer.
Miri supports her clients online and in her office in Vancouver, BC. She incorporates the attitude of gratitude with all her clients to help them make the required shifts in their lives. Through her work, Miri has noticed an acceleration in shifts and improvement for those who continue to practice gratitude. Gratitude allows people to feel empowered in many aspects of their lives and to improve their overall well-being.
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