According to many research studies, remembering to be grateful reminds us of all the positive things in our lives and actually changes our brain chemistry. Gratitude puts situations into perspective. When we can see the good as well as the bad, it becomes more difficult to complain and stay stuck. Gratitude helps us realize what we have instead of focusing on what we don’t have. Gratitude strengthens relationships, improves health, reduces stress, and, in general, makes us happier.
Three ways to practice gratitude:
Find something about yourself that you truly appreciate. Your smile, your laugh, your kindness, your strength and picture it.
Find something about someone close to you that you truly appreciate. Your best friends loyalty, your dogs energy, your child’s’ curiosity, your partners sense of humor. Notice it.
Find something about your current situation that is gratifying. Your cuddly dog, your personal passion, your friends & family. Remember it.
Being grateful means taking time to focus, feel and remember those moments, people and situations that make us feel optimistic, paving the way to increased happiness. Gratitude when expressed to others is associated with increased energy and well being, so share your appreciation with someone else.