Gratitude – Perhaps you’ve heard about its numerous benefits, but you’re unsure about what exactly why and how, well let’s get you motivated to start you gratitude practice becuase you understand the scenice behind it.
Gratitude is an emotion. When we practice gratitude it holds transformative power, influencing both mental and physical well-being.
Expressing thankfulness activates areas of the brain associated with positive emotions, enhancing mood and reducing stress becuase it triggers a cascade of responses in our bodies that promote optimal health and well-being.
The four biggest advaneges that scence has proven effekts of practicing gratitude are:
- Boosts Happiness: Extensive studies confirm that keeping a gratitude journal or merely reflecting on what you’re thankful for can increase your happiness levels by 25% because gratitude stimulates the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. This foster feelings of contentment
- Reduces Stress: Regularly practicing gratitude can lower cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone, by as much as 23% making it a good way to reduce stress.
- Improves Sleep: Writing down the things you’re grateful for before going to bed can help you sleep better and longer. When you see the connection that you both reduce stress and boost happiness, it kind of becomes obvious that you also will get improved sleep.
- Improve health: Gratitude helps to decrease the risk of disease by reducing inflammatory biomarkers, mening you are getting profound health benefits. As inflammation subsides, the risk of chronic diseases diminishes. Balanced immune responses and improved cell function are also observed.
- Alter brainwaves: There is a ripple effect. When you are in a state of gratitude, you can change your brainwave frequency and start to attract the life you want.
Gratitude Is a Choice. A choice you have to make over and over again. Sometimes it may be easier to focus on the negatives, but choose gratitude. When we focus on gratitude we start sending new powerful messages to our subconscious and that in itself is a shift in energy.
10 ways to practice gratitude
Now you know that practicing gratitude is good for you, but how do you do it? Let me help you out. Here are 10 easy ways to practice gratitude that you can incorporate into your daily life:
Gratitude Journal: Write down at least three things you’re grateful for each day. You can use this book – The Miracle Calendar 2024 (in Swedish). Get it here there is a one time offer. (normal price 379kr and now only 111kr).
Express Appreciation: Verbally thank someone for their kindness or support.
Mindful Moments: Pause to appreciate small joys in everyday life. You could set a timer to ring once an hour, just to remind you to reflect on gratitude
Gratitude Letters or notes: Write a letter expressing gratitude to someone and share it or a simple post-it note. Not only will this brighten someone else’s day, but it’ll also make you feel good.
Gratitude Jar: Collect notes of gratitude throughout the year and review them later.
Positive Affirmations: Incorporate gratitude into daily affirmations, like ’I am grateful for this moment as it makes me stronger and wiser’.
Unselfish acts of Kindness: Perform small acts of kindness for others without expecting anything in return.
Gratitude Meditation: Focus on feelings of gratitude during meditation.
Share Gratitude at Meals: Express thanks for the food and company before meals.
Share gratitude with a friend: Every morning, record a message to your friend and tell the person what you were grateful for yesterday or throughout the day.
Remember, gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving. It’s a way of life that can profoundly impact your health, happiness, and relationships. Choose gratitude, and watch your life transform.
Can you find something right now, in this present moment that you are grateful for?
Who are the first three persons who come to mind that you could share your gratitude with?
Are you brave enough to share it with someone right now? If yes, do that.
This exercise intends to get you to notice the good in your life. To start the journey of shifting focus.
Start your journey towards a healthier, happier life today by incorporating gratitude into your daily routine. Subscribe to our blog for more insights on wellness and personal growth and get the new book by Reiki Master Mette Hå on Amazon (Link to Amazon – From Bankrupt to Millionaire in Four Years: with manifestation, gut feeling and inspired action)