In these times of uncertainty, it’s normal for us all to feel a bit uneasy and anxious. That’s why it’s so important to try and practice positive thinking. It may sound simple but focusing on all the good we have in our lives is one of the most effective ways to practice gratitude, so take some time to think about all the things you’re grateful for.
The Proof of Being Positive There’s been enough research on gratitude (medium.com) to convince people that practicing it is worth the time and investment. Focusing on the positive is shown to improve our emotional, physical and mental health. In fact, positivity is slowly emerging as the new direction in psychology, making an effort to lessen the frequency and intensity of depression and anxiety and directly increase the happiness we experience in life (psychcentral).
Gratitude makes us happier According to a 2005 study, journaling for just 5 minutes a day can increase our long-term happiness by 10%. By appreciating what we already have, we feel more positive about our lives. So as you’re spending more time indoors, take a break from the TV and social media and take some time out to practice this important self-care activity.
Gratitude draws others to us In a time of social distancing, where we have more time to spend with our immediate families, and to FaceTime or call friends and family members to catch up, it’s the perfect opportunity to strengthen our bonding skills. Gratitude generates social capital: a stronger and wider social network of meaningful relationships. It makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. All of this helps us make more friends and deepens our existing relationships.
Gratitude makes us healthier Studies prove that those who practice counting their blessings regularly experience improved sleep and reduced blood pressure. They are also more likely to exercise: long walks and bike rides in the fresh air or indoor dance parties can work wonders!
Gratitude makes us mentally and emotionally stronger Being thankful improves self-esteem, enhances positive emotions and increases our overall well-being. When we’re grateful for what we have, we’re less likely to look outside for approval or compare ourselves to others.
Showing Gratitude Every Day Counting your blessings is easy and doesn’t cost a thing. What are some things that you can do?
When you acknowledge your appreciation for others as well as yourself, you’ll start to see what a true gift gratitude can be!