Gratitude seems to be all the buzz these days. It’s not a new concept, but it’s been spreading like wildfire; so what gives?
According to a recent study from Harvard and Forbes Magazine, practicing regular gratitude can have the following positive effects:
• General happiness and optimism increase
• A more outgoing personality
• Opens the door to new relationships
• Enhances empathy and are more forgiving
• Reduces aggression
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed
• Lower blood pressure
• Stronger immune system
• Improves self-esteem
Those examples are just the tip of the gratitude iceberg. From my own personal experience, I can add that practicing gratitude has made me feel more grounded, humble, focused, confident, and understanding. Being grateful for what you already have and where you already are really helps with the “why me” moments. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and start feeling thankful for who you already are!
Practicing gratitude doesn’t mean that you have to spend an hour of your day focused on giving back or actually “practicing” anything. All right, so how do you actually practice gratitude? Here ya go:
1. Practice with your friends, family, and/or co-workers. Make it a daily habit to tell each other things you’re grateful for, even if it’s the cup of coffee you had in the morning that helped wake you up!
2. Use social media to express how you feel. Consciously think of things that you are grateful for, things you have, things you’ve done, your health, etc. and post pictures of it on social media. This helps you dig deep and recognize all that you do have. Plus you’re filling social media with positive messages #bonus!
3. Journal. Write things down as if they already happened. Write your future feelings down about your future accomplishments and plans. Write down exactly what you want and focus on how you want to feel. I know it sounds crazy, but trust me….you’ll thank me a few years from now.
4. Write, write, write. Another way to utilize writing is to simply write things down that you’re grateful for. Do this each day when you wake up or before you go to bed. Don’t stress yourself out, just jot down 3-5 things that pop into your head. Writing these little things down will help you shift your daily attitude.
5. Comparison is the thief of joy. You’ve heard that, right? Well, man alive it is TRUE! Stop comparing yourself to others and remind yourself of the awesome stuff going on in your life! Hello, having clothing, food, and a place to live is freakin’ AWESOME!
6. Be here now. Stop worrying about the future and what you don’t have. I know this is hard (I’m a control freak, this is a constant battle for me.)
Practicing gratitude has endless benefits, it’s easy to do, doesn’t take much time, and it’s completely FREE. A very simple and effective way to improve your life greatly.
The bottom line…. What you focus on, you find. So, choose what you’d like to find and focus on that! #haveagratitudeattitude.
Love and Burpees,