Thankfully, cultivating a grateful attitude is possible, its free and always available to us. Its one of the easiest changes to make for your physical and mental health. You just need to learn how to make it a habit. So how does this work? Many studies have shown that grateful feelings increase our sense of wellbeing and relaxation, which in turn leads to better mood, better sleep, more positive health-promoting habits, less inflammation, and improved heart health. Here are a few simple changes we have made that can help make gratitude a habit:
Start small: you can start or end the day with three things that you are most thankful for. In doing so, you can positively affect how you experience the rest of the day. Or if its at the end of the day, you get to see the bright spots and remember what is important, regardless of how tough or stressful your day might have been
Show your Appreciation: saying thanks more often can quickly uplift anyone’s attitude. Let others know they are appreciated. Whether its saying “thank you” to those who help you at work, your doctor, or a supermarket staff. By showing gratitude, you can bring joy or smile to someone who may need it that day.
Gratitude Journal: write it down, whether it is big or small. We have been reading a lot about “being intentional” about the things, people, experiences, moments, events and meals you are grateful for. It will help you appreciate things on a daily, but also serve as a reminder anytime you are feeling low.
Keep it Regular: we learned that it takes approx. 66 days to make a new habit. Consistency is key when it comes to helping your new gratitude habit and mindset stick – so keep looking for those mini-moments whether big or small. It is a powerful way to increase optimism, joy, and happiness.
Meditate: with your gratitude list, by giving thanks to everything you have in your life. Not to sure where to being, check out our article on how to Meditate at Home
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