It’s no secret that life can be challenging. Place two different people in the exact same scenario and I guarantee that they will have different struggles.
Our experiences are shaped by our personal perception each moment. A positive or negative feeling is possible to find in every experience. Of course everyone’s perception is molded by various factors like, childhood, past interactions, biological make-up, etc. But the exciting thing here is, although we can’t always control an event that has occurred, we absolutely can control how we choose to perceive it.
Achieving and sustaining health has to go deeper than the gym and even a healthy diet. Nourishing our minds is just as important. Leaving our minds unattended allows the Ego to run around like a child that just whipped off their dirty diaper. Exactly, not the best situation. Just like a toddler the ego needs to be taken care of, or you’ll end up with crap smeared all over your walls. Well really, it leaves us further away from our authentic self and leaves us closed off to experiencing the beautiful gifts that life as a human has to offer.
There are so many ways that we can address our mental and emotional health and one simple way is by practicing gratitude. Incorporating a daily gratitude practice has really helped my overall happiness and ability to heal. It has become such a recognized practice that it has been backed by research many times over, and the research continues still. Current research suggest that adopting a gratitude practice can,
- Strengthen your immune system
- Decrease aches and pains
- Increase happiness
- Improve sleep
- Increase empathy and decrease aggression
Here are some ways you can incorporate more gratitude into your everyday life,
- Start a gratitude journal. Keep a journal on your nightstand and before you go to bed write down all the things you were grateful for that day. Often by the end of the day we can feel drained and stressed, reflecting on the positive things can help shift those feelings. Going to bed with a positive mindset can help you sleep better and be prepared for the next day.
- Before going to bed verbally express what you are grateful for with your partner. This helps hold each other accountable and can be good bonding. Especially when your grateful for something your partner did, but you wouldn’t have said it otherwise.
- Keep a 365 day gratitude jar. On a little piece of paper write down something you are grateful for each day and add it to the jar. You can play Dumbledore with your container full of random moments to reflect on (but these ones are all uplifting).
- Tell at least one person a day thank you for______. or you are grateful that they_____.This can be a powerful practice because now you are also making someone else feel appreciated that will in turn also make you feel better.
I don’t think we need research to tell us that practicing gratitude is good for us. Challenge yourself to adopt this practice for a month and see how you feel. Remember it can be something big or small that you are grateful for. Today I’m grateful for beautiful fall leaves.
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