There’s studies and scientific research that shows those who regularly practise gratitude actually have stronger immune systems, better heart functioning, less inflammation and better sleep – aswell as less of the stress hormone Cortisol, which can only be good for us!
FACT: Gratitude is good for your health.
Its not just some new-age flannel.
For a few years now I’ve been practising gratitude as a discipline. It can take some time for it to become a natural process, so do set yourself up a system to train your mind in the gratitude mindset. I find writing into my gratitude journal each night is a good discipline for me.
Gratitude shifts your focus so that you can start recognising what you have in your life, as often it’s far easier to focus on the areas we lack. Focusing on what we have makes us happier, puts things into perspective and makes it easier to deal with the challenges that naturally occur throughout our day. I find that situations that have the potential to be filled with drama, can often just turn out to be a storm in a tea cup, if I find the gratitude lesson in it.
- Get your journal (I have a specific gratitude journal for this)
- Each evening write out a page of what you are grateful for that happened during your day.
- Or each morning, write out a gratitude page for things you would like to happen during your day, as if it’s already happened.
- Start your sentences with ‘I am so grateful’ or ‘Thank you Universe for’
I am so grateful for my presentation being received so well
I am so thankful to my children for playing nicely together
- Don’t wait for the promotion or the big things to happen in your life, be grateful for all the small things today.
- Try to stretch yourself a little and don’t just repeat the same thanks day after day. Look for the less obvious stuff.
- Do this everyday for a month (it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit)
- Make a note of any changes that occur that you believe can be chalked up to your gratitude practise.
- If you find there is one particular situation that you wish to change using gratitude, I use post-it notes on all my mirrors instead of my journal. So each time I see them I repeat them to myself as I look into the mirror.
For me now, gratitude just comes so easily and I’m giving thanks throughout my day. I very rarely find reason to complain anymore.