Gratitude can change your life. Having a positive attitude and being thankful even the smallest things in our lives can lead to a trickle effect of health, social, mental and emotional benefits. I recently came across an article discussing the different benefits of gratitude in our daily lives – both personal AND professional.
Gratitude shapes our personalities
I have made a conscious effort for the past three years or so to focus on gratitude. I can honestly say that I can tell a difference in my overall demeanor and health. I do not get sick as much as I used to and I’m a happier person. I still have my share of stresses and struggles but I choose to focus and put my energies on those things that I can directly impact.
Gratitude decreases insomnia
One of the main reasons insomniacs have issues falling asleep is because they cannot turn their brains off and often worry constantly about “things”. Gratitude helps to change that because you’re not focusing on what you can’t fix but you’re focused on what is good and beneficial in your life.
Gratitude gives us more happy memories
Our memories and thoughts are shaped by our emotions. The way we remember an event is often shaped by how we were feeling, what we were doing and who was involved. Negative things may still occur, but with an attitude of gratitude your brain will hone in on the positive, happy memories.