Everybody can take some some time during the day to reflect, and find something in their lives to be grateful for. And that can be anything from the air we breathe, the warm and shinning sun, or the refreshing rain.
Gratitude unlocks the full of life, it turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance. It has the ability to turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Cultivating this quality of being thankful does not cost any money, nor does it consume a lot of time, yet the benefits that it brings to the overall quality of our lives are limitless.
Gratitude makes us happier
It has been shown that those who take five minutes a day to write everything they are grateful for can increase their long-term well being by more than 10 percent, the equivalence of doubling our income. Robert Emmons, the author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, show that keeping a simple gratitude journal can significantly increase life satisfaction.
Gratitude is Good For Your Health
There are more and more researchers who are discovering that gratitude does way more than simply making us feel better, it is actually good for our health. They found that gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve immune function, and facilitate more efficient sleep, resulting in dramatic, and lasting effects in a person’s life. As for those who keep a gratitude journal, they tend to have reduced dietary fat intake, reductions in circulating levels of several key inflammatory biomakers, as well as an increase in heart rate variability.
To reap the benefits of gratitude however, we’ve got to change our minds by seeing goods, than bad, by being adopting optimism rather than pessimism, by being predisposed to seeing the brighter side, rather than the darker side. Those who successfully do so will not only be happier, and healthier, but will also learn to appreciate life in a better way.