We have all be told that we need to be more grateful at least once in our lives. These comments usually come from a parent or a friend, and most of the time, they are completely warranted. Our capitalistic and jealousy-fixated society makes focusing on what we don’t have so much easier than focusing on what we do have.
Being on this negative vibration that is only focused on the bad or the mishaps that happen in life will inevitably only bring more discomfort and pain. Nothing good will come from consuming yourself with things you can’t change. However, there is an immense number of life-changing effects that happen once your shift your mindset to being gratitude-focused.
It is a good idea for all of us to take the time to rewire our brains to a grateful mindset. Using a gratitude journal is a great way to keep the focus on the positive. Using a gratitude journal regularly will bring the following benefits to your life.
- Improve Health
It has been found that expressing gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and help you sleep better. The improvement in health comes from experiencing a decrease in stress that comes from being in a grateful mindset. As you can see, having a good mindset is not just to gain a positive attitude, the happiness you feel can heal your body and improve your health as well.
- Improve Mental Health
There has been a positive correlation between expressing gratitude and positive mental health outcomes. A study showed that the positivity mindset gained from expressing gratitude regularly helps with depression and anxiety.
The practise of gratitude helps with mental health as it forces you to be constantly reminded of the good in your life. When you journal about what you are grateful for, you will foster positive feelings and release serotonin. Overall, improving mood and mental health struggles.
- Improved Relationships
Practicing gratitude helps you not take anything for granted, including your relationships. When you are thankful for those who you have in your life, you are more likely to show your gratitude towards that person. This inevitably strengthens your relationships as they will feel wanted, loved and thought of.
As well, as you keep the positivity of your relationships at the forefront of your mind, research has found that generosity between both the giver and receiver increased. Making both in the relationship feel much more love and care towards each other.
You can use gratitude to foster any type of relationship. However, for romantic relationships, a Harvard study found that “couples who took time to express gratitude for their partner not only felt more positive towards the other person but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.” Therefore, practicing gratitude is much more than just a personal journey, it can improve the lives around you as well.
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