A comfortable pillow, wireless Internet, hot cup of tea, lights, and my yoga mat. These are just a few items I included on my gratitude list this morning. I started this practice a while ago where I would jot down things I am thankful for just for fun
But as you have it, science has proven that being thankful and grateful is actually good for you. Being grateful helps you have a better mood, get better sleep, feel less fatigue, and lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to heart health. Gratitude also decreasing the amount of perceived pain in conditions such as osteoarthritis.
Yes, when you are thankful for your car that runs, the bus that takes you to work, the food you eat or your amazing friendships, you are creating positive ripples within your body.
I would like to propose that we start including the concept of gratitude everyday. If you think about it, there is so much to be grateful for … a bed to sleep in, water to drink, an education, a phone.
I understand for some this might sound a little too touchy feely, but I still urge you to give it a try because you will feel happier and lighter. If you are skeptical about this, I would suggest that you to try this out just for a week.
When you wake up in the morning, before you looking at your phone, read an email or catch up on current events, take 5 minutes and write on sheet of paper 10 things you are thankful for. And before you sleep look at the same piece of paper. Try this out for a week and see if you feel any different. If you notice a positive impact, which I think you will, keep doing it and cultivate a practice of gratitude.
Being grateful does not take more than a few minutes. And just like you go to the gym to train your physical body, when you give thanks and take notice of your blessings you are exercising your gratitude muscle. The more you do it the easier it gets and pretty soon it will be effortless.
Some tips I learned along the way are to be consistent, and start small, if 10 things seems like a large number, start with 3 things. When I first started this I would write down 30 things each morning and I had to tone it down because I needed another hour and I did not have that amount of time in the morning. Another tip I have is to do this first things in the morning and not to wait until the middle or end of the day because it will really help ful start your day on the right foot.
To recap, gratitude has many benefits including In a better mood, better sleep, more energy and less inflammation in the body. Even if you are in a bad place in your life. Try it for a week. It may opening new opportunities and blessing in you life.
I hope you consider to have a little bit of thanksgiving everyday and create a new habit of everyday gratitude.Tags: gratitude mindfulness