“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
…..so the idiom goes. At first thought we might think ok it’s just a saying, but there’s science behind this idiom that does prove that we are happier and more contented people the more gratitude and appreciation that we display.
It is simply because gratitude opens more doors to relationships, and so just saying thank you and really meaning it at least four times a day will strengthen our relationships and add meaning to any interactions.
Our physical health improves because gratitude reduces the amount of toxins in our body
We feel less resentment and anger which effectively enhances happiness and reduces depression. People who appreciate and spread gratitude have more empathy and reduced aggression because they are more contented and therefore less likely to seek revenge.
People with gratitude also sleep much better especially if they jot down before bed a few things they feel gratitude for or appreciative of and of course it enhance your mental strength as a 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that it increases your resilience – something we could all do with at this particular time.
I’d like to share with you below, a great diagram lifted from an unknown source on the web – thank you in advance, whoever you are. I am grateful!
Where are you?
Wherever you are actively practicing gratitude, even if it doesn’t feel real to begin with WILL make a difference.
Just experiment with it.
Find a purpose for our days; live in the present no matter what it looks like; be appreciative of others; and just be Grateful for every person in our lives right now.