Gratitude can be described as a feeling of appreciation for the good things in our life and emotes a positive Attitude of acceptance and contentment for what is.
Gratitude is a mental muscle that can be exercised through a daily Coherence practices and can make a significant impact on our emotional and physical health.
The Science Behind Gratitude
A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that participants who practiced Gratitude for just three weeks experienced increased levels of happiness and decreased levels of depression.
Another study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research found that practicing Gratitude was associated with better sleep and fewer symptoms of illness.
These findings are supported by neuroscience research, which has shown that practicing Gratitude can lead to changes in the brain that improve overall well-being.
Gratitude activates the brain's reward system, releasing dopamine and other feel-good neurotransmitters.
This can create a positive feedback loop, where practicing Gratitude leads to increased feelings of well-being, which in turn leads to more Gratitude.
Practicing Gratitude has a range of benefits for our mental and physical health as well as improve every other aspect of our life.
Improved Mental Health
Practicing Gratitude has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve self-esteem, and increase resilience.
Expressing Gratitude to others can strengthen relationships and increase feelings of social connectedness.
Gratitude has been shown to increase feelings of happiness and life satisfaction.
Practicing Gratitude has been associated with better sleep quality and duration.
Gratitude can help us reframe our thoughts and focus on the positive aspects of life; it deescalates stress and promotes relaxation.
Exercising our Gratitude muscle is an essential practice that can be incorporated into our daily routine.
Here are a few effective ways to begin experiencing the benefits of Gratitude:
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Write down three things you're grateful for each day. This can help shift your focus to the positive aspects of your life.
Express Gratitude to Others
Take time to express Gratitude to the people in your life who have made a positive impact on you.
Take a few moments each day to focus on the present moment and appreciate the world around you.
Key Take Aways
There is a growing body of research that shows that shifting our attitude into one of Gratitude is a simple yet powerful way to improve our mood, reduce stress and change our perspective.
Incorporating Gratitude into our daily routine can help us stay positive and focused on the present moment which optimizes our experience of Life.
Self Care Givers provides many insights on ways to incorporate Self Care but it begins with you scheduling time for your Self and prioritizing your needs and completing a Self Care plan.