Practicing gratitude is more than just being thankful for what you have. It’s about actively putting that thanks out into the world. It’s focussing on mindset shifts to change your worldview.
By focussing on the positive and joyful things in your life, you will see more of the opportunities to create the life you want.
Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous. Research reveals gratitude can have these seven benefits:
1. Gratitude Opens The Door to More Relationships.
Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends.
Practicing gratitude strengthens our relationships, helps foster empathy and in opening us to new bonds and friendships.
2. Gratitude Improves Physical Health.
Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people.
Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health.
Another study told that Gratitude promotes cardiovascular health.
3. Gratitude Improves Mental Health.
Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic and negative emotions, increases happiness and reduces depression. Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.
4. Gratitude Enhances Empathy.
Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.
5. Grateful People Sleep Better.
Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve.
Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.