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3 Benefits of Gratitude

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.

Keep Calm and Get Your Gratitude On

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.

Thankful Thursday
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rochellebarlow

Friday 16th of August 2013

Gratitude is everything. It is infinitely important to be grateful. It definitely shapes us into who we are and can shape us into who we want to be!

moreatforty

Thursday 15th of August 2013

I definitely need this right now. I have had horrible insomnia for weeks and it is true that I will be exhausted but as soon as I reach the quiet of my bed, my mind starts spinning and won't stop (or I wake up super early to the same thing and can't get back to sleep). I used to keep a gratitude journal, but I would always forget to do it at the end of the day. I think I'm going to try an app for it that I can use throughout the day - just jotting things down as they happen or I remember them and then read through it at night before going to bed. I have my phone with me pretty much always, so I should be able to put it to good, positive use! Thanks for the reminder!

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