As summer slowly fades away into fall, it seems that people tend to become more aware of just how close the holidays are and start to set themselves to the task of suddenly becoming grateful for everything.
While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I do often wonder why we don’t spend more of our time with an attitude of gratitude throughout the whole year?
This month’s blog centers around several different ways the simple act of being grateful can improve your life, your mental health and keep your productive all year long!
Reap the benefits of expressing gratitude every day by using these eight simple tips!
Overall Attitude – Expressing gratitude will make you feel positive and optimistic, which reduces stress and can help you improve your overall mental endurance.
Build Stronger Relationships – As it turns out, a simple “thank you” can lay the groundwork for stronger relationships. Whether it’s expressing your gratitude to a stranger or a loved on, saying “thanks” is an easy way to recognize a person for their help!
Mental Health – The next time you find yourself feeling upset or frustrated, take the time to write down what you’re thankful for. Studies show that when you express gratitude can help you deal better with your emotions.
Physical Health – Did you know that studies show, people who are thankful tend to be healthier. They exercise more frequently, visit their doctors for annual checkups and report feeling better overall!
Self-Esteem – Regularly expressing gratitude can help you maintain perspective and help you curb jealousy or frustration when you compare yourself to other people.
Better Sleep – Sitting down and writing out what you’re thankful for can boost your mood, reduce stress and help you sleep more peacefully at night.
Empathy – Regularly being grateful will help make you more sensitive toward other’s and their feelings. Studies also show that those who express empathy are less likely to resort to negativity and retaliation in unpleasant situations.
Looking for more on gratitude? Here are three insightful books to get your on the path to an Attitude of Gratitude!
- Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, by Robert Emmons, Ph.D.
- Gratitude: A Way of Life, by Louise L. Hay
- Gratitude: A Journal, by Catherine Price
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