I recently watched someone talk about the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude. How being appreciative of things that you have makes you feel good, which lowers your stress and helps bring more good things into your life. I lost track of that video, and when I went searching I found this article over on the Wellness Mama talking about the same kinds of things.
Gratitude Reduces Stress
Grateful people — those who perceive gratitude as a permanent trait rather than a temporary state of mind — have an edge on the not-so-grateful when it comes to health, according to Emmons’ research on gratitude. “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations”.
The Paradox of Gratitude
It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking “if only I had ___ I’d be happy,” or “If only I didn’t have to deal with ___ I’d be happy,” but this is a vicious cycle…
As Shawn Anchor points out in this TED talk, gratitude and happiness are the first step, not the end result. Making the choice to be happy and have gratitude is not only healthy, but it can improve our performance and ability as well.
She suggests making gratitude a habit. Write a daily list. What are 3 things right now that you are grateful for? Put them in the comments!