7 Surprising Benefits of Gratitude November 22, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
Gratitude makes us healthier and happier and more fun to be around.
Numerous studies by scientists with impressive credentials demonstrate that people who give thanks have a higher quality of life than those who whine about daily trials and tribulations while hanging on to junk from the past.
1. They do more ~ gratitude studies reveal that people who make an effort to be grateful for small things end up accomplishing great things.
2. They feel better about their lives ~ optimism makes them more enthusiastic and energetic and determined to enjoy new challenges.
3. They function better ~ joy and optimism makes them bounce around like Tiggers rather than dragging sorry-ass tails around like Eeyore.
4. They are healthier ~ they exercise more, have fewer illnesses, and sleep better when they conk out at night.
5. They live in the NOW ~ they are more interested in others (and more interesting to others) because they don’t waste precious energy bemoaning the past or worrying about the future.
7. They reap other rewards ~ clearer thinking, better resilience during tough times, a higher immune response, lower stress-related illnesses, and stronger relationships.
Good news! We can achieve all these benefits without running a marathon or doing 300 crunches each night before bed!
Simply focus on what’s right with your world. Take a few moments each evening to jot down 3 things that happened for which you are grateful:
* “We have all we need and then some ~ the extras, the gravy, the bling, the surplus beyond the basics.”
Stumped? Check out The Queen of Versailles and give thanks for who you are, as you are. (Tip: If you are fat, lazy, and stupid, use someone who is fatter, lazier, and stupider as a frame of reference.)
Keeping a gratitude journal trains you to look at life in a more positive way. It becomes a bit of a game to go through your day noticing things that uplift you and put a smile on your face.
But wait, there’s more!
As you scribble down the positives, negatives start to fade away. Soon, you’ll overlook minor set-backs that used to throw you into a dizzying downward spiral and your glass will never be half-empty again.
Quote: Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Aah . . . that’s better!