Do you have an attitude of gratitude? By incorporating gratitude into our daily lives we're able to shift our perspective. This simple action helps us to remember what’s really important. We’re then able to foster a more positive mindset - the mindset we need to truly create the positive change through movement.
I know more than ever we find ourselves swept up in the craziness of life…#2020. We often forget to ease on the brakes, stop & appreciate all the good in our lives - can I get an ‘amen’?! I know that sometimes it’s hard to see the sunshine. Expressing gratitude can help us create that sunshine & shift our mindset.
Just like affirmations, there’s been scientific research that expressing gratitude can provide health benefits - both physically & mentally. How cool is that?!
According to PositivePsychology.com there are so many amazing benefits of expressing gratitude:
~increased happiness and positive mood
~more satisfaction with life
~less likely to experience burnout
~better physical health
~lower levels of cellular inflammation
They stated that if ‘a person could do only one thing to increase their health and happiness, expressing gratitude might be it’. Whoa! Pretty powerful stuff, right?
So, how can we incorporate an attitude of gratitude into our daily lives?
1. Keep a gratitude journal - Writing things down (the old school way) helps us to rewire our brain & truly focus on what it is we are writing. Keeping a physical gratitude journal is an amazing resource to look back on as a reminder of all the good & increase some joyful feelings.
2. Share with a loved one what you’re grateful for daily. This is something my partner & I started to do in the beginning of the year. Every night we tell each other at least 3 things we’re grateful for - big or small - it doesn’t matter. It could be a nice hot shower, a quick day at work, our health, etc. It’s a really positive way to end the day & we look forward to it nightly. Create a habit by stacking it on an existing habit - during dinner, when you brush your teeth, after your workout. Make it part of your day.
3. Prayer or meditation. Take a few minutes to sit down daily, be mindful and focus on 5-10 things you are grateful for - count your blessings.
4. Visual reminders. The background of my computer says ‘gratitude is the best attitude’. You could put a post-it note on your bathroom mirror or a set a wallpaper on your phone. Put a reminder somewhere you will see every day - this way, you'll practice gratitude every day.
5. Include movement or exercising into your day. This can boost our mood - which will create even more gratitude! As the endorphins (feel good chemicals in the brain) begin to flow, expressing gratitude will become even easier - it's a win-win!
The benefits of an intentional gratitude practice compound like interest. The more we practice it - just like affirmations & our movement - the more we'll see & feel a difference.
You deserve to feel the difference. There’s no better time than the week of Thanksgiving to start a gratitude practice!