Gratitude is a very important tool that most of us don’t use as often as we could.
To be grateful for all that we have in our life can bring a certain sense of contentment and peace.
Studies have been done, which show that gratitude improves both mental and physical health. Gratitude can reduce feelings of hopelessness and can greatly improve our relationships with others.
Doing a daily gratitude list just before bed, has been found to not only improve sleep quality but can also help with reducing depressive symptoms in people who are suffering.
”Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” – Melody Beattie
The key to really benefiting from the practice of gratitude, is to write 5 or more things that you are grateful for on each day.The more specific the things you write about, the more beneficial the effects.
One example for this may be ”My friend suprised me with a ‘Thank you’ card today” or ”I enjoyed playing with my cousin’s puppies”.
Another way of practicing gratitude, is to have a little jar and pop daily gratitude notes in it..At the end of the month or after a particularly bad day, it can be useful to return to your gratitude jar and read all the little gratitude notes you put in it.
Do you practice gratitude and if yes, is there something specific you do?
Thanks for reading
Love Athina ♥
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