What do you know about Gratitude? Did you know that people who practice Gratitude live longer lives? It is true.
When you practice gratitude, you reflect on the things you are grateful for. Doing so comes with many valuable perks such as: feeling more alive, experiencing more positive emotions, sleep better, are more kind and compassionate, and even have stronger immune systems. According to The Science Behind Gratitude simply keeping a gratitude journal can increase your well-being and increase your life satisfaction. Certainly worth having a Gratitude Attitude.
How To Apply A Gratitude Attitude
Every day is a new opportunity to note the things you are grateful for. You can keep a journal on your nightstand, or use an app on your smart phone, either way, the point is to write down the specific things you are grateful for. The way in which you do it is not the point, just that you do.
Be specific. Don’t just say that you are grateful for your spouse, give an example of something they did that you are grateful for. For example, I am grateful my husband helped with dinner. Be sure to break it down. Don’t use generic and general terms, use words that apply to your situation that are to the point.
Don’t be afraid to be creative. I keep a little magnetic jar in a drawer, and when I see something that Jesse is doing that I am grateful for, I write it on a tiny piece of paper, fold it up, and I put it inside the magnetic jar. On our next anniversary, I will present it to him. So anytime he feels discouraged, he can pull a piece of paper and see how amazing he is to me, and for me, and know he is appreciated and loved.
Use your Gratitude Attitude around the table with your family. Each of you listing things you are grateful for. Many families do something similar for Thanksgiving, but every day is a day for Gratitude, holidays are not needed for this activity.
Adding Gratitude to your arsenal to fight depression and anxiety is a must! Use every way possible to live your dreams, to live a happy, fulfilling life. It is one more tool to help you keep depression at bay. It can’t hurt to try… and it may just be worth the hype!
What do you think about Gratitude? How do you implement a Gratitude Attitude? Please comment below, or Contact Us, we would love to hear from you!
p.s. today I am grateful for my Jesse fixing my new roadbike, and making it slightly more easy to ride. ~smile~