It’s simple, practice gratitude for 5 minutes a day.
Practicing gratitude is a recognition that there is something to be grateful for every day when we look for it. We are not trying to live in a world of denial, we are aware every day is not a good day, but we know there is good to be found it in every day.
When you learn to be genuinely appreciative for all the things in your life, the good & the bad, the big & the small, it’s one of the most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing and mood.
Here are just a few of the many reasons to adapt this life changing habit:
1) Increases happiness:
Gratitude has been shown to increase feelings of happiness and well-being. By focusing on the positive aspects of your life, you can cultivate a more positive outlook and experience greater satisfaction with life.
2) Reduces stress:
Gratitude can help reduce stress and anxiety. When you focus on the things you are grateful for, you may feel more relaxed and less worried about the challenges you face.
Developing more optimism floods your brain with positive chemicals and lights up a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus that’s responsible for regulating important functions in your body. This can help lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression and improve your brain’s ability to bounce back from stressful situations.
Expressing gratitude can strengthen relationships. When you show appreciation for others, they are more likely to feel valued and appreciated. This can lead to stronger bonds and more positive interactions.
Employees who feel appreciated by their managers feel more empowered to do a good job, and couples who regularly express gratitude to one another have happier relationships. Gratitude isn’t just something you do for you, it is going to benefit those around you also.
4) Enhances physical health:
Gratitude has been linked to better physical health outcomes. Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude may have lower levels of inflammation, improved heart health, and better sleep.
Starting each day with a grateful mindset is like putting fuel in your car.
You wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel engine, so why would you begin a new day on a bad note? Finding the positives, noting them down in your gratitude journal, and saying thank you for them first thing in the morning is a guaranteed way to set yourself up for a better day ahead. Then, when you practice before bed, you're giving your subconscious mind positive information to mull over while you sleep.