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CHANGING THE NARRATIVE
Why Gratitude Is The Most Important Thing Missing From Your Daily Wellness - By Emily Aitcheson
When was the last time you stopped and took note of everything you have to be grateful for? This one small act could make all the difference between reluctantly sliding yourself out of bed in the morning or starting the day with a spring in your step.
Seemingly simple yes, but the effects of practising daily gratitude are proving more and more significant.
In fact, gratitude may be one of the most underestimated tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost you anything and it certainly doesn’t take much time. But the benefits are boundless. Read on for some of our gratitude tips.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Robert Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
In fact, there are a plethora of positive outcomes for both your physical and mental health, from this simple act of giving daily thanks.
In the last ten years there has been extensive research undertaken on the practice of gratitude. Back in 2011, two psychologists from the University of California carried out a study where they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics.
The first group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. The second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them. After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Interestingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.
But it’s more than the physical and mental outcomes. Being grateful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to nature, or a higher power.
It also is an extremely important tool for your manifestation practise. Following the law of attraction, when you recognise that which you already have – it multiplies. In this instance you can choose to focus on one particular aspect for your daily gratitude – whether it be love, abundance or career wins.
Here are our top tips to build more gratitude into your life:
As the evidence loudly suggests, gratitude should form the bread and butter of your daily rituals. It should be used as a foundation alongside your mindfulness and movement practises. Start today and watch the magic begin to unfold.
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