HEALTHY HABITS FOR A HAPPIER LIFE: GRATITUDE SAYS THANK YOU TO LIFE

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Healthy Habits For A Happier Life

I often think about the times when I feel the healthiest and the happiest. It is when I feel gratitude.

What Is Gratitude? 

What is gratitude? Well, it is thankfulness or gratefulness. It is the ability to show kindness and to be able to accept kindness.

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Gratitude is the appreciation for what one has. It is a spontaneous feeling, but it is also a conscious effort to count your blessings.

Gratitude And Well-Being

Gratitude has a positive effect on both our mental and physical well-being. 

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Feeling grateful can lead to less stress, a reduction in pain, better sleep, and a stronger immune system. 

Gratitude isn't just about being thankful for the large happenings in our lives. It is about being thankful for the everyday little things.

How To Practice Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

                                                       Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One of the hardest things for me is making gratitude a habit that is always with me. 

Many people will keep a gratitude journal or jar. I have tried doing both of those and they haven't worked for me. Although my intentions are good I falter after a couple of weeks. (I am grateful that I tried, and also grateful that I learn by trial and error.)

I do know that they work well for some people and so if you haven't tried either or both of those you might want to give them a try. 

Say thank you to others and even to yourself. 

First thing in the morning and last thing at night think of something you are grateful for.

Write down three good things that have happened to you and think about how they came about. 

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On the days that I wake up feeling grumpy and out of sorts with the world I remind myself how lucky I am to be alive. It is when I remind myself to say thank you to life.


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Comments

  1. Love this Laura. I like the idea of telling yourself one thing before bed and when you wake up that you are grateful in your life. Great tips. Have a happy day. xoxo

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  2. Well, I learned something new today. I did not know that feeling grateful leads to less stress, etc. Glad to hear it! And if it help our immune system during this COVID variant thing, all the better.
    Brenda

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  3. I try to take stock, as my mom used to say, at least once a day. I've tried to do it in journals, but that usually escapes me, so now I just take a pause in the day. Great reminder!

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  4. For years, I used to think of three things that I was grateful for, before I went to bed. Not sure how/why I got out of the habit, but I should start again.

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  5. Being thankful is a wonderful way to live our lives! Thanks for sharing this my friend!

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