HEALING POWER OF GRATITUDE

Gratitude helps you refocus on what you have, instead of on what you lack.  Although practising gratitude may seem unnatural to you at first, the more you exercise this way of thinking, the happier you will feel.

As Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle”.

There are numerous scientific studies that show regularly expressing gratitude helps you to reduce stress, increase energy and live a life of greater happiness and connection. 

Below are 7 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Gratitude:

  • More energy
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Better sleep
  • Improved physical health
  • Improves self-esteem
  • More social connectivity

Gratitude is a powerful force and there is scientific evidence to show that gratitude heals as it  “literally alters the human heart and molecular structure of the brain”(Walia, A. 2019). 

Healing Tips for a daily gratitude practice:

  1. Prayer – taking a few minutes each day to think of and express thankfulness for whatever is positive in your life.
  2. Gratitude journal – regularly write about what or whom you are thankful for (and why).
  3. Random act of kindness (do something kind for someone without any expectations of acknowledgement or anything else in return. Simply for the act of doing).

As you take time to notice how you feel before, during and after these practices, you will notice the positive attitude and happiness it brings to your daily life. It is important to take time to reflect and be aware of how you feel. The benefits of practising gratitude will take time. Just like building a muscle or learning any new skill. Be patient and be kind to yourself.

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References

Walia, A. Scientists Show How Gratitude Literally Alters The Human Heart & Molecular Structure Of The Brain. Retrieved Jun 8, 2020, from 

Wong, J. & Brown, J. (2017). How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain. Retrieved Jun 8, 2020, from 

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain

Chowdhury, M. (2020). The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety and Grief. Retrieved Jun 8, 2020, from

https://positivepsychology.com/neuroscience-of-gratitude/

Ackerman, C (2019). 28 Benefits of Gratitude & Most Significant Research Finding. Retrieved Jun 8, 2020, from

 https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-gratitude-research-questions/

Harvard. Giving thanks can make you happier. Retrieved Jun 8, 2020, from 

https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier