Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Most of us take time on Thanksgiving to reflect on our blessings.
But did you know that maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” all year long has been scientifically proven to reap several tremendous benefits to your quality of life?
Here are just a few:
Improved Physical Health
Grateful people suffer fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than their less-thankful counterparts. They’re also more likely to care for their health through exercise and regular medical check-ups, adding to their longevity.
Improved Psychological Health
You can help eliminate a wide range of toxic emotions (such as envy, resentment, frustration or regret) just by cultivating gratitude. Recent research confirms that gratitude effectively reduces depression and increases happiness.
A recent study published in the journal of the International Association for Applied Psychology revealed that writing in a gratitude journal for 15 minutes before going to bed improves the duration and quality of sleep.
Athletes with a thankful disposition demonstrate increased self-esteem – essential for optimal performance. Gratitude also reduces our tendency for social comparisons. Resentment toward others who have better jobs or more money than we do is a primary factor in low self-esteem. But grateful people can appreciate the accomplishments of others.
Cultivating a thankful attitude is one of the simplest ways each of us can increase our satisfaction with life.
So for today and every day hereafter…