We all know being grateful is good for our mental health. It is astounding how such a small change in attitude, can have so many positive effects on our body and our minds. This article breaks down how exactly gratitude helps in all the different areas of our life.
Gratitude strengthens friendships: Appreciation makes people feel good. And the best part is, there is always something you can thank people for. Someone called to check on you, let them know it was a sweet gesture. Someone helped you in your assignment, send them a thank you message. In fact, being grateful not only helps you improve your current relationships but opens doors to new ones as well.
Gratitude helps you sleep better: The concept is simple, if you are thinking of all the things that are stressful, there is a high chance, you will not get a good shut-eye. Worrying about things, holding grudges, and anxiety will block your mind from getting into the relaxation zone. Instead, thinking of all the happy events of your day, even the smallest of the lot, can calm your mind and lead to a deeper, better quality sleep.
Gratitude improves self-esteem: When you are grateful for the things you have, you automatically feel less envious and jealous of other people. It is obviously impossible to feel content and unhappy at the same time. In that case, it is easier to choose gratitude, isn’t it?
Gratitude improves mental wellbeing: There is always always something to be grateful for, even in the worst of the times. When you focus on all the optimistic elements of your life, you start to believe that there is more of it in store. It takes your mind off the saddening elements and makes you a happier person.
The cultivation of gratitude leads to happier marriages: Most marriages start to suffer when one or both the partners become less appreciative of each other. Plus, it’s hard to stay mad at someone, when you’re thinking of all the nice things they’ve done for you. So, the next time you are angry with your spouse, take a minute and think of the amazing things they’ve done for you. It’ll definitely make the upcoming conversation less intense if nothing else (wink wink!)
Gratitude makes you a better employer: Most seniors find it very easy to criticize their employees for their mistakes, while very few show gratitude for the work they’ve done. Studies show that a good balance between praising them and correcting them as and when required leads to better employee performance. It makes them more enthusiastic and dedicated to their work. Not only that, but happier people make teamwork so much more fun!!
If you are wondering where to start, here are some ways to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis:
Maintain a gratitude journal: Spend some time, and jot down the good things that you’ve encountered during the day. When done before bedtime, it is guaranteed to help you sleep better and longer.
Send across those cute little thank you notes (and not just during Thanksgiving).
Keep a gratitude jar: Every day, think of one thing that you’re thankful for. Even if it is super small, put it down on a piece of paper with the date and drop it in the jar. Now, open this jar whenever you’re feeling low or sad, and read about the beautiful experiences of your life.
Say it out loud: If you’re thankful and you know it, smile and say, thank you!!
Over to you..
Enjoy your life by acknowledging these amazing things and acts of kindness you’re grateful for!!