Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of us are being mindful of all of the things that make us feel gratitude. The attitude of gratitude is in the air. Even Facebook is brimming with posts of people sharing what they are grateful for each day during the month of November.
Did you know that counting your daily blessings has health benefits too? Studies have shown that people who keep gratitude journals to write down what they are grateful for during a three week period have improved physical, psychological, and social health.
There really is a lot of good in gratitude. Here are some more of the benefits of being grateful:
- Gratitude lets us celebrate the present and it magnifies positive emotions.
- Gratitude helps us appreciate the value of something. When we appreciate the value of something the more we get from it and we are less likely to take it for granted
- Gratitude blocks toxic and negative emotions.
- Negative emotions like envy, resentment, and regret all destroy our happiness. When we actively practice gratitude we feel less negative emotions. Think about it: you cannot feel envious and grateful at the same time.
- Grateful people are more stress resistant.
- People who have faced serious trauma and have a grateful disposition can recover quicker. Gratitude can offer perspective, which can help a person interpret stressful and negative life events.
I have found that even on my crummiest day there is always something to be grateful for. You might have to think outside of the box, but I promise you, there is always a blessing that you can count at the day’s end.
Today I am grateful for the upcoming holiday that I will be spending with my family in the house where I grew up. What are you grateful for?