At the end of last year, reading and research had me thinking about gratitude and the value it can bring to our lives. On January 1st, I began daily entries in The Five Minute Journal.
Research reveals that gratitude is an incredibly powerful emotion. When we feel grateful, our brains “light up” with activity.
Over time, if we feel grateful over and over, it actually changes the physical structure of our brains so that we feel happier and more connected.
More importantly for us, the research also suggests that feeling grateful is an important part of living longer, being more resilient, and staying healthy.
Feeling grateful can improve how we feel day to day. Because, when we practice feeling grateful:
- We have a better outlook.
- We feel less pain.
- We often feel stronger.
- We recover better, and our immune system is more robust.
- We feel less stressed, and whatever stress is left, we deal with more effectively.
- We feel more motivated.
- We feel happier with our bodies and how they work.
- We appreciate what our bodies do for us.
- We’re even better at things like solving problems and working towards important goals.
For me, learning to practicing being grateful has shown me so much good in life. The irritations and frustrations seem smaller and less important. While all the little things in my life are there for a reason and make me happy. Perspective.
If you’re looking for a simple action to bring more positivity in your life…considering journaling 2-3 things you are grateful for everyday. See what that can do for your mindset!!!
Reach out if you’d like to include this as part of a big planner in 2018!!!
(research source: Precision Nutriton)