Thanksgiving is this week and it is the time of year we give thanks for the blessings in our lives. Let it be a reminder to us to live gratefully the entire year as well. After-all, studies have shown that overall positive emotions can add up to 7 years to your life.
Here are some ways practicing gratitude improves your overall health and wellbeing:
- Reduces Stress
- Improves Sleep
- Improves Self Esteem
- Improves mental clarity
- Improves relationships
Ways to start practicing gratitude year round:
Treat every day as a gift If you begin each day grateful just to be, you’re already ahead of the game. Wake up reminding yourself that every day is a gift - it’s yours to unwrap.
Start a gratitude journal Each day think of something good that happened and write it down. Even if it is something really small such as ‘I enjoyed my coffee this morning’. This task will be hard at times, but it is incredibly beneficial. Look back on the tough days and remember how positivity triumphed in the face of negativity.
Look for the ‘silver lining’ There will be days where nothing seems to go right. The kids are sick, the house is a mess and the day is long. Think of the glass half full. The kids are sick, but at least you’re able to help them. The house is a mess, but you have a roof over your head. The day is long, but you got through it. Your mindset is your best ally. Read more about the health benefits of practicing gratitude here.