Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

How easy do you find it to tap into gratitude? The power of a daily gratitude practice can expand your capacity to feel happiness and joy, improve your overall life satisfaction, our health, sleep, and mental strength.

The benefits of Gratitude:

  • Improves the quality of your relationship, fulfills our need for connection and love, promotes conflict resolution
  • Instant mood booster – feeling appreciation boosts
  • Gratitude increases mental strength
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves your physical health – Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, 
  • Blocks toxic emotions
  • Has lasting positive effects on the brain
  • Gratitude improves psychological health: Gratitude reduces negative emotions, from jealousy and anger and frustration and regret. Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.

Gratitude practices to try:

  • Start the day with bringing to mind 3 things you’re grateful for, place your hands on your heart and feel the feelings of gratitude
  • Express your gratitude to another person
  • Write a gratitude letter once a week telling someone all the things you’re grateful for
  • End the day – Write down 3 things you’re grateful for each day. (Feel the feelings)
  • Notice the simple pleasures in life – The sun on your skin, a hot cup of coffee, a great sleep, seeing butterflies or beauty in nature, a child’s laugh

Mentioned research studies by Heart Math Institute