Are you feeling a bit stressed? Unhappy? Not at your best?
Then here's a game-changer for you: More gratitude.
Did you know that gratitude is scientifically proven to improve your life? It's been studied extensively in positive psychology.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to a Forbes article by Amy Morin here are gratitude benefits:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Opens doors to relationships
- Improves physical health
- Improves psychological health
- Enhances empathy and lowers aggression
- Better sleep
- Improves self esteem
- Increases mental strength
Damnnnnnnn, that's pretty f*cking incredible right?
Now you're probably wondering: Gimme some of that!
The good news is, you can actually do things to practice more gratitude.
Ways to Practice More Gratitude
As you may know, I love to mix the inspirational with the practical. So here are some exercises to help you harness more gratitude.
- Gratitude Journaling (3 Good Things)
At the end of the day before bed, reflect upon the 3 good things that went well in your day.
Write down the 3 good things. Reflect on these questions:
- Why did it go well?
- What role did you have in that?
- How did you feel?
According to a study conducted by the positive psychologist Martin Seligman, with 411 subjects, 92% became happier in 15 days. In addition, the positive effects of the exercise lasted for 6 months or longer.
- Gratitude Letter
Think about a person who has positively impacted your life, but you haven't communicated this to them before. Write a letter to them and include:
- How did they impact your life?
- How did that make you feel?
- What were the details?
- How did it impact other people as a result?
Then for an even bigger gratitude effect, share the letter with them. Or read it to them. For this one, studies also show that well-being is positively impacted even months after the activity.
Want Some Support in Your Happiness?
As an Empowerment Coach and former Cancer Research Scientist, I really geek out on this stuff. I love the proven science behind things! On top of being a qualified coach in Transformational Life Coaching, I have an accredited certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching.
That means that I can support you in finding more ways to improve your well-being and happiness. Imagine how it would feel to answer TRUTHFULLY the question of "How are you?" with..."I'm feeling f*cking fantastic!"
If you're ready to feel f*cking fantastic, then let's talk.
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