Being grateful is life changing, there’s no wonder it has become a trend to make lists of things we are grateful for and appreciate what we have.
Here are 10 ways gratitude can improve your life
1. Increases mental strength
Practicing gratitude can boost your happiness and resilience. Write down things you are grateful for every day, keep a gratitude journal. Gratitude has also been known to help people deal with trauma and PTSD
2. Decreases stress
Gratitude reduces stress by taking our minds away from toxic emotions. Practicing gratitude regularly, improves our ability to switch focus and our attention is more inclined to find the positives in situations that may have otherwise proved stressful.
3. Improves physical health
Grateful people feel better physically overall. People who keep gratitude journals tend to take better care of their health too. Some studies show that it can even help with lowering blood pressure and maintaining a healthy immune system.
4. Helps relationships
Gratitude can increase your sense of belonging in the world, which in turn makes you feel less lonely and more connected to everyone else.
5. Helps us sleep better
Write down or say out loud the things you are grateful for before you go to sleep. This will help to relax the mind away from worries and stresses allowing you to focus on the good things.
6. Improves self-esteem
Being grateful can help us feel better about what we have in our lives and put a stop to unhealthy comparisons. When you practice gratitude, you practice self-love, which is truly vital for a happy life.
7. Makes us kinder
People with a daily practice of gratitude become naturally kinder. A focus on gratitude in our own lives opens our hearts to those in need, and gives us that positive boost and ability to extend our love outwards.
8. Helps us reach our goals
Those who regularly make lists of things to be grateful for are more likely to achieve personal goals or make faster progress in their career. Gratitude can connect us to our purpose, make us see what we are capable of, give us more motivation, and the ability to find solutions to challenges.
9. Makes us feel more optimistic
Gratitude can make us feel happier, more optimistic, and more in control of the path we are on in life. A feeling of optimism can infuse us with strength and determination to live our lives more purposefully.
10. Gives us perspective
When we start being grateful, we begin to think less of ourselves and more of others. We develop compassion, empathy, and kindness to turn the focus away from our own lives and can see others with more clarity.
Gratitude is a practice, and like all practices, consistency and determination are key. Feel the power of gratitude and enjoy this life-changing practice!
What are you grateful for today?