With it being the National Week of Gratitude it was only fitting to carry out seven reasons why we should be thankful. It’s something that can be abandoned in the modern world, but when we take time to express our gratitude we feel the benefits.
Not only should we be grateful to others and our environment in an attempt to pay them back or to show our thanks, but also we personally gain from this emotion. There’s scientific proof of us being able to enjoy mental and physical benefits from being grateful.
1. It Starts Your Day Off On the Right Note
Using a form of gratitude as your mantra in the morning can be very beneficial, it can change the whole day. As we endure that groggy feeling first thing in the morning and start worrying about a big meeting or having to rush around doing chores before work, stop and think about all of the positive things in your life. As well as being thankful for the complex aspects, such as your high work position or material you own, also think about something so simple that you should be thankful for, such as eating each day and being able to enjoy clean water. This thought process is healthy for our minds and will improve your day time ten, try it and find out how good this attitude can be.
2. Lowers Your Stress
Stress has all types of detrimental effects on our overall health and it can drive you insane. From the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to bed at night. Did we finish everything at work? Are the children okay? How will we afford to pay the bills? There are many problems we face that are impossible to ignore and are legitimate issues and stresses, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a minute to be thankful. When we do this it shifts our focus and successively lowers our stress levels.
3. Puts Things into Perspective
In thinking this way it really puts our sufferings into perspective, we think of the all the reasons that we are lucky and realise that some people aren’t so lucky. A lot of our problems can then be solved with a wiser decision when we look at things realistically and don’t amplify the obstacles that we face on a daily basis.
4. Gratitude Improves Health
Believe it or not, being grateful can directly impact our physical health. This is brilliant, just by showing and feeling gratitude it can alter the physiology of our bodies and in-turn help us become physically healthier. Those who are grateful experience less aches and pains. A 2012 study in Personality and Individual Differences revealed how those who express gratitude are more likely to exercise and get regular health checks.
5. It’s a Natural Sleeping Aid
Hormone regulation is deeply intertwined with our sleeping patterns and quality of sleep. But it’s not the only aspect of our body that is closely connected to sleep, by stressing we can find it hard to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. When we think of things we are grateful for, we are able to lower our stress hormone and get to sleep easier.
6. Gratitude Prevents Aggression
University of Kentucky underwent a study that proved gratitude could not only reduce aggression but also enhance empathy. It’s an emotion that tackles all of the negative reactions and encourages the positive emotions that we need. Being able to reason will prevent us from reacting negatively by impulse.
7. Can Help in Tough Times
Gratitude is a fantastic tool to use in times of adversity, during that negative time, a positive attitude or time to reflect on little things that you appreciate can completely transform your outlook. Once that’s been done, you’ll certainly feel benefits and soon be able to combat and turn around the bad time you seem to be having.
There are a number of reasons to maintain gratitude and not just for this week but to carry it over as part of your everyday life. Why not spend some time in the morning just thinking about all the things you are grateful for, motivational speaker and strategist, Tony Robbins, has explained how ‘priming’ and thinking of all the positive things he is thankful transformed his life.
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By Daniel Treasure, 24th November 2016