10 Days to Thrive – Gratitude – Day Six
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants.
Yes, “thank you” is an essential, everyday part of family dinners, trips to the shops, and even business deals. That might be why so many people have dismissed gratitude as simple, obvious, and unworthy of serious attention.
But that’s starting to change. Recently scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
• Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
• Higher levels of positive emotions;
• More joy, optimism, and happiness;
• Acting with more generosity and compassion;
• Feeling less lonely and isolated.
Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Gratitude improves physical health. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., 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.
Our challenge is acknowledge the good things going on in your life right now, it might now be perfect and its probably tough a lot of the time. But there’s someone out there who would love to have your problems
Things to try today:
Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve.
Developing an attitude of gratitude Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life – Amy Morin
Watch this video from www.Oprah.com and try Tony Robbins flood exercise
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