Does Being Grateful Improve Your Health?December 05, 2019
Practicing intentional gratitude can give us a huge mood lift; a great way to stay happy and peaceful amidst the holiday stressors!
Around the holidays and approaching the new year, we often start to reflect on everything that’s happened over the past year and all that we’re thankful for. Gratitude isn’t just for the holidays, though. In fact, a daily gratitude practice can help us year-round. In this edition of the True Blue blog, let’s take a look at how daily gratitude can actually help your health!
According to the Harvard Medical School, positive psychology research shows that gratitude is linked with greater happiness: ”Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
When we intentionally think about all that we’re grateful for, we can start to feel a big mood lift. Try listing just 3 things you’re thankful for every morning. You’ll immediately feel a sense of wellbeing wash over you.
When we focus on what’s missing, we might feel down or negative. But when we focus on all that we have, we start to feel more positive and inspired. This can really help motivate us to live the best life possible. You are enough!
According to studies, gratitude practices may actually benefit sleep! Filling your mind and soul with happy thoughts before bed can be extremely healing, promoting better sleep. Try counting your blessings before bed and see if it works for you.
More Fulfilling Interpersonal Relationships
When we’re feeling more positive and grateful, we attract a lot of happiness into our life! When we focus on the positive, we’re more approachable and available for love and friendship.
Try for Yourself!
Every morning and every night try listing just 3 things that you’re grateful for. Repeat this practice for 2 weeks. Check back in with yourself after the end of the 2 weeks. Are you feeling better? What’s changed? Make note of things in a journal and if it’s helping, keep the new gratitude practice going!
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On behalf of all of the True Blue team, we appreciate YOU and all you do for us. Happy holidays from Blue Harbor!
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