Research shows that being grateful increases our happiness and gives us a greater sense of wellbeing…
So what does gratitude actually mean? The Dictionary describes gratitude as the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. A practical clinical definition is that gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to ourselves.
Being grateful is mostly associated with feelings of increased happiness and positive emotions. It enables us to relish in positive and enjoyable experiences, however big or small. Research also shows that expressing our gratitude to those around us strengthens relationships and communication between two people.
Focusing on the things we have…
Making gratitude a daily habit can help to retrain our minds and our gratitude threshold, helps us to be grateful for even the smallest things in life. It can help to refocus on the things that we have, not on what may be lacking in our lives. And of course, spreading your gratitude and positivity will have a ripple effect to those around us. The more we practice gratitude, the stronger our mental state will be!
Here are some simple ways to cultivate and express gratitude:
- Keep a daily journal. Write down 3 things every day that you are grateful for. This can be as simple as: I am grateful for having fresh food in my fridge or I am grateful for my senses or I am grateful for my pet. This will you to focus on positive things in your life.
- Meditation. Being mindful through meditation helps us to focus on the present moment in a non-judgmental way. Tuning in on things that you appreciate in your life can really help instill a sense of gratitude and in turn, happiness.
- Send someone a letter or message of thanks. Writing a thank you note or sending a message of thanks will help you to feel happier, and nurture your relationship with others. Sometimes too, it is good to be grateful to yourself as this can affirm what good things you have around you, it goes hand in hand with self-care – so don’t forget to write yourself a little thank you note too!
- Share your gratitude with a friend or loved one. The quote below really grabs the very essence of why sharing your gratefulness can have such a profound effect on ours and other’s happiness. “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer
Wellbeing People believe that by reducing stress levels and being able to relax with the focus being on the things that bring you happiness helps you to achieve optimal wellbeing. Wellbeing People run many workshops and webinars related to happiness, mental fitness and reslience. For more information, go to our Webinars Page here or email one of our Account Managers for more information [email protected]
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