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In these times of uncertainty, it’s normal to feel uneasy and anxious. That’s why it’s important to practice positive thinking. Focusing on the good 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 to convince people that practicing it is worth the time and investment. Focusing on the positive improves emotional, physical, and mental health. In fact, having a positive mindset lessens the frequency and intensity of depression and directly increase the happiness you experience in life.

By appreciating what you already have, you’ll feel more positive about your life.

Gratitude makes you happier

According to one study, journaling for just five minutes a day can increase your long-term happiness. By appreciating what you already have, you’ll feel more positive about your life. So as you’re spending more time indoors, take a break from the TV and social media and take time out to practice this important self-care activity.

Showing appreciation draws others to you

An environment where you have more time to spend with your family, and to FaceTime or call friends, makes the perfect opportunity to strengthen your bonding skills. Gratitude generates social capital, or a stronger and wider social network of meaningful relationships. It can make you happier, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. All of this can help you make more friends and deepen your existing relationships.

Being thankful makes you 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 you mentally and emotionally stronger

Being thankful improves self-esteem, enhances positive emotions, and increases your overall well-being. When you’re grateful for what you have, you’re less likely to look outside for approval or compare yourself to others.

Cultivating Gratitude and Staying Connected

How to be grateful every day

Counting your blessings is easy and it doesn’t cost a thing. Here are some ways you can get started.

  • Set aside time each week to write at least five things you’re grateful for
  • Sit down to write a thank you letter, even if it’s to yourself. You don’t have to send it, but you can look back on it and reflect on your feelings of gratitude.
  • Call someone to tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. Short on time? Send a text. Even a simple gesture can mean so much.
  • Start replacing all the negative words in your life with positive ones. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.

When you acknowledge your appreciation for others as well as yourself, you’ll start to see what a true gift gratitude can be!

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