The Amazing Power of Gratitude
How developing a 'gratitude attitude' greatly improves health and well-being.
New studies support gratitude’s effectiveness suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.
But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives.
We can however, with a few changes discover the full healing potential of gratitude in our lives. And practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.
6 Ways to Practice Gratitude:
- Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
- Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures. This is great fun too! Gather everything you need such a board, magazines, pens and glue and put an afternoon aside to make your 'gratitude board'. This is also fun to do with a friend.
- Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
- Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
- When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
- Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.
Focus on The Gifts of Life
Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.
There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list?
As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.
The Easy Way to Develop A Gratitude Attitude
The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years and ongoing research by Robert Emmons (University of California) and Michael McCullough (University of Miami) shows this amazing correlation between gratitude and health and wellbeing as well founded.
Click the button below for further reading on what research reveals about the impact of gratitude and how you can re-awaken your gratitude attitude the easy way by using the power of hypnosis.
What positive changes do you notice when practicing gratitude? And please share your gratitude ideas here too. Leave your comments below (scroll down).