You have probably been hearing more lately about the practice of gratitude. It seems this is something we seldom consider.
So, what is all this fuss about the practice of gratitude? People who practice gratitude have a sense of overall improved well-being, a more positive affect, are found to be more optimistic, have improved resilience, improved self-esteem, and they experience greater happiness. There are also evidence-based medical benefits such as lowering blood pressure, improved glucose levels, reduction of inflammation markers, improvement in depression, reduction of chronic pain, improved sleep, overeating suppression, boosts in the immune system, improved energy, and overall physical health.
While we may not understand the reason behind the improvement, we know that the practice of gratitude is certainly not harmful and, in fact, appears to be extremely beneficial.
WAYS TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE:
- Journal your gratitude.
- Look for opportunities to bless another person with kindness.
- Show your appreciation to someone who did something nice – verbally tell them or send then a note.
- Be attentive during your day about small things you can be thankful for, intentionally look for and appreciate them.
- Look for not just people, but things and conditions for which you are grateful.
- Create a gratitude jar or a collage and keep adding to its content daily.
- Practice gratitude meditation
The easiest way I’ve found to incorporate gratitude into my daily routine is a brief journal that includes: three things that I am grateful for today, blessings I received today, and blessings I was able to give today. I start and end my day with intention — incorporating a component of gratitude — which has positively changed the lens through which I view my day to one of positivity and appreciation.