Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Power of Gratitude

The concept of having an attitude of gratitude is one of those statements that you might not attach much importance to. In this case, you’d be wrong. Researchers have been finding that actually having an attitude of gratitude has health benefits for the person.

What is gratitude anyway? Dr. Robert Emmons, author of The Little Book of Gratitude defines it as affirming the goodness in one’s life and recognizing that its source lies outside of the self.  It’s also feeling indebted to another person and even nature for the beauty it provides us.

So, what happens when you have more of this attitude? One of the early studies had people writing down 5 things the they were grateful for once a week for 10 weeks. At the end of the study, they reported feeling 25% happier and they spent 30% more time exercising.

Other studies showed that the benefits of journaling your gratitude resulted in people sleeping better, having lower blood pressure and even smokers reducing their smoking by 40%. Finally, it allowed older adults with early-stage heart failure to lower their levels of disease-causing inflammation.
So…get a journal and start writing away about what you are grateful for. It can make a world of difference in your life!
(Reported, November 2018)

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