It is amazing how much of our wellbeing can be shaped by a simple act of gratitude.
During this time of the year, it seems finding ways that we can be grateful for the blessings in our lives is a little easier. Many studies have shown that developing an attitude of gratitude can have apowerful effect on us physically, socially and spiritually. Here are just a few ways that gratitude is good for you:
- Gratitude makes us happier
- Gratitude has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure
- Gratitude increases our quality of sleep
- Gratitude positively affects our relationships
- Gratitude has been shown to lead to more optimism and higher self-esteem
The best part about gratitude is how easy it is to achieve some of these wellbeing benefits. By simply committing five minutes or less to reflect on something or someone positive in your life, you will experience a better state of wellbeing. Set a special time for your gratitude moment and make it a part of your daily routine. It might be on your morning commute or before you go to sleep at night. You may feel more comfortable keeping a gratitude journal and jotting down the things you are thankful for each day. Looking back on this from time-to-time can give you a better perspective when times are challenging.
Another thing that you can do is to take it to the next level by giving back. Random acts of kindness allow us to express our gratitude by doing something good for others. Paying for the next person in the drive thru, sponsoring a child during the holidays, contributing to a charity that makes a difference in our communities are just a few examples.
During this holiday season, give yourself the gift of wellbeing and start a new habit that contributes to your attitude of gratitude.