Its officially fall and we can safely talk about the the Autumn holidays. Nearing the Thanksgiving long weekend, and you know what that means: flooded social media feeds of what people are grateful for or the line-up of tonight’s thanks giving dinner menu! In all honestly, gratitude is not a Thankgiving special only. This one day has to be more than football, turkey, and family reunions. Once the long weekend has passed and the holiday spirit is over, do we stop appreciating the things in our lives for which we are grateful for ?
First let me start off by telling you why living life with gratitude is actually important. I know that throughout our -day-to-day lives, we deal with stress and annoying situations that can often leave us feeling worn down and it’s not always easy to be uttering words of gratitude, especially when you’re not enjoying it. But, gratitude simply means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. Shifting your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.
Gratitude is a matter of Attitude. It is one of the most overlooked tools we have at our disposal.
For years now research has continuously shown how gratitude improves health, reduces stress, deepens relationships, increases productivity…And this is all from a simple shift in attitude that we can practice in our daily lives.
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
1. Gratitude Improves Your Physical Health.
Yes you read that right! Grateful people actually experience fewer aches and pains and according to studies, report feeling healthier than other people. Also, when you practice gratitude you are more likely to take care of your health and develop healthy lifestyle habits. You exercise more often and are more inclined to take care of your long-term health habits.
2. Gratitude Makes You A Happier Person.
There is definitely a link between gratitude and well-being. Think about how good you felt this weekend. Stress and suffering causes a buildup of toxic emotions that we hold on too from anger, to envy, to depression to sadness and the list goes on. Leading gratitude researchers confirm there is a definite link between gratitude effectively increasing happiness and reducing depression.
3. Gratitude Helps You Sleep.
According to psychology researchers, simple practices like sharing what you are grateful for in a gratitude journal at the end of your night can actually help you unwind and sleep better for longer hours during the night. And we all know how precious sleep is.
4. Gratitude Improves Your Relationship With Yourself.
Studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons and your own negative inner dialogue. Rather than looking at others and garnering feelings of resent towards people who have more money or better jobs (a major factor in reducing self-esteem), gratitude helps you appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
Enjoy the benefits to your health and happiness that accompany gratitude! The benefits of practicing gratitude are immeasurable. What are you thankful for?
Annu is best known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion centered self-love practices. She is instrumental in weaving ancient wisdom teachings of yoga into a modern day practice aimed at serving people at all levels. Annu is dynamic in teaching Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Power Yoga and Meditation. She is committed to finding key approaches to encourage the growth of the physical and spiritual self; helping others inspire thoughts into action in creating a life you deserve.