Multiple studies have shown that people who are grateful are consistently happier. Are you hardwired for gratitude or is this something you need to constantly remind yourself about?
When we are in a grateful state, it’s impossible to be negative, depressed, upset or irritable. Studies show that levels of gratitude are significantly correlate with vitality and energy. Gratitude boosts our career, strengthens our emotions, improves sleep, increases self-esteem and improves the overall sense of well-being.
Did you know that gratitude increases sleep quality, reduces the time required to fall asleep, and increases sleep duration. Said differently, gratitude can help with insomnia. Read my post about sleep here.
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is not only good for your health, but for your relationships and all those around you. It’s worth spending 5 -10 minutes a couple of times a week listing all the things we have to be grateful for.
Starting a gratitude practice is easy and it's free! Grab a notebook and pen and you're set to go. Robert Emmons, a leading expert in the science of gratitude shares the following tips to applying the gratitude journal in the most effective way:
Focus on one or two things in detail that you are grateful for instead of writing an extensive list.
An effective way of increasing gratitude is to focus on those whom you are grateful for instead of material possessions.
One strategy of stimulating the experience of gratitude is to ponder about what life would be like without all you that you have, instead of just listing all the people and things you are grateful for.
Stronger levels of gratitude stem from remembering and appreciating surprises or unexpected events.
Another way to increase gratitude is to express it to those whom we are grateful to. A quick phone call, a note left on their desk, a flower picked from the garden or a simple ... thank you ...
Emmons, RA & McCallough, ME (2003) Count blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84 pages 377-389