I’m going to be completely honest here, when gratitude and gratitude journals and all that stuff became the big craze, I thought it was lame. I didn’t buy in to it. I mean obviously I’m just way to cool for that. But as soon as I studied it in a course from Berkeley that I took on the science of happiness and then started practicing it, I was sold.
So here are 6 reasons why it is so powerful to practice gratitude.
It is impossible to feel grateful and angry at the same time. Think about it. You can’t do it. It’s either one or the other, so when you’re grateful for something you’re not allowing anything else in so it acts as a block for any negative emotions. It’s even proven by a study to reduce the length and frequency of depression. So it’s all good for the feels.
It raises our vibe and makes us nicer, more trusting, more appreciative and more social. Who doesn’t like a person with those qualities?
By thinking and feeling everything you’re grateful for right now, it keeps us grounded with what we have right now so we’re not skipping to the future where our mind loves to go. Sometimes we can be taken to the past with a memory but it still keeps us in the present because we’re feeling that moment right now.
When you’re grateful you will recover from trauma or crappy situations more quickly. Again, because your vibe is raised you look at situations in a more positive light so there’s less stress.
This is a big one because a lot of us aren’t getting enough of it. The reason this helps with sleep is because we’re usually kept awake by worrying about things going on in life and if we’re grateful, we’re less stressed therefore we sleep better.
Studies show that with just 5 minutes of practice a day it can increase our happiness levels by 10%. That’s the same as doubling your income! I’m not joking! So get on it!
It also builds stronger immune systems, we have less aches and pains, lowers blood pressure, makes us exercise and take better care of ourselves, makes us more alert, alive and awake, gives us more joy and pleasure, makes us more helpful, generous and compassionate, more forgiving, more outgoing, we feel less lonely… the list goes on and on. So start practicing gratitude today. It’s 100% worth it.