Those of you who have watched the popular movie, or read the book, “The Secret”, will no doubt be aware of the Law of Attraction that was portrayed, and is mentioned extensively these days.
The Law of Attraction states that whatever you think about or talk about will be drawn into your life. Therefore, thinking about what you’re grateful for will draw more of that to you.
Basically, the more you feel gratitude the more things will come into your life for you to be grateful for.
There’s been lots of research in recent years on the study of gratitude and its relationship to health and mental wellbeing. Researchers are discovering how gratitude is helpful and why it’s important to our wellbeing.
They’ve discovered that:
- People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis have been found to:
- exercise more regularly,
- have fewer physical symptoms,
- feel better about their lives as a whole, and
- feel more optimistic about their upcoming week, as compared to those who keep journals recording the stressors or neutral events of their lives.
- Daily discussion of gratitude results in higher reported levels of:
- energy, and
- sleep duration and quality.
- Grateful people also report lower levels of depression and stress, at the same time as not denying or ignoring the negative aspects of life.
- Those who are constantly grateful with their life as a whole, tend to place less importance on material goods, and are less likely to judge their own, or others success, in terms of the possessions they have.
- Emerging research suggests that daily gratitude practices may have some preventative benefits in warding of coronary artery disease.
You might be wondering how all this is possible.
Well, there’s a complex relationship between thoughts, moods, brain chemistry, endocrine function, and functioning of other physiological systems in our bodies.
I’m not going to go into the details of this but, suffice to say, our thoughts can actually trigger physiological changes in our body that affect our mental and physical health.
Basically, what you think affects how you feel (both emotionally and physically).
So if you increase your positive thoughts, like gratitude, you can increase your sense of wellbeing as well as, perhaps, your physical health (like fewer symptoms of illness and increased immune functioning).
Gratitude is gratitude, whether it’s for something big or for what others might think pretty insignificant.
Just the act of showing gratitude everyday goes a huge way to reprogramming our general thinking and mindset from a mainly negative one to a mainly positive one.
I used to awaken feeling really depressed, and that black feeling never eased much throughout the day; but developing an attitude of gratitude changed that forever.
It’s well documented that the first 20 minutes after we wake are the most impressionable, so now I always make sure I start my day, with positive, happy thoughts, and I do this by following a Morning Routine every single day; it’s the very first thing I do.
Nowadays, I don’t have negative thoughts but I do sometimes wake up with lots on my mind and can feel overwhelmed, which could prevent me from wanting to get up, start the day and take the action I need to.
My morning routine only takes 20 minutes but it pulls together all the vital elements of keeping my mindset positive, happy and healthy, and really makes a huge difference to the success of my day.
Part of my daily routine is to write in a journal; it really helps with my gratitude attitude, and any journal is good but it helps if it’s one that you’re proud of.
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Make a pact to do it every morning for a month and notice what you notice; you may not want to stop.
But remember, it’ll only make a difference to your life if you do it regularly!