There’s no denying the power that gratitude has in affecting our quality of life. With the ever present desire for finding ways to live a more fulfilling, happy and healthy life, countless studies are constantly being conducted as to what this means, and how to create it.
Simply, gratitude is an act of expressing a feeling of being thankful. This can be done in a multitude of ways – from verbal recognition to others, to self affirmations, to visualizations and meditation processes, to list writing. It is not so much how the gratitude is expressed, rather, the focus of being in that thankful energy. Mental health patients experience positive results when applying a gratitude practice of some kind in their therapies.
Some studies, in particular, have found that simply writing or thinking of lists of that which we are thankful for, even (especially!) on the most challenging days, this can help improve sleep quality. Additionally, a study which was conducted on war veterans revealed that participants who regularly took part in a gratitude practice were less inclined to long term post traumatic stress disorder.
Gratitude is for everyone, however, not limited to those who are seeking therapies. It’s all about shifting our focus from what is not going so well, or what is lacking, to what is going right. Oftentimes, when we say that ‘nothing is going right’ or ‘I have so many problems’ then, of course, this is what we will experience. There can always be something we are grateful for, even if it is as simple as our pillow, or being able to breathe. Shifting our focus from negative to positive gives us some space from the issues that may be overwhelming us enough to gain clarity in our minds and find solutions more effectively, as well as experience the benefits of the joy that comes with finding things to be thankful for. Overtime, the more you are grateful, the more you will find in your life to be grateful for.
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