If you are unfamiliar with the real life results of gratitude, you can blow your mind by reading the article, 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude… by Amy Morin. Gratitude opens the door to stronger relationships, improved physical and psychological health. It enhances empathy and culls resentment. Gratitude givers sleep better, have higher self-esteem, and are generally more well liked. The list goes on.
I love how Amy states that gratitude-expressive people experience less aches and pains. They report feeling healthier than other people. Research confirms that gratitude increases happiness, and decreases depression. Two things that are so important physical and mental health. It’s good to be in physical shape, and to maintain that health, but it’s also important to be in good mental shape. It’s incredible that gratitude reduces social comparisons, which affects your self esteem.
After Charles’ and I’s first year of marriage, we decided to share 3 gratitudes before bed. It was simple at first. We would sometimes forget to do it. However, over time we began to recognize how truly powerful it was. It is so ingrained as a habit now we can’t fall asleep without doing it! It adds great perspective to our relationship and to our life.
There have been challenging, difficult, and even hurtful days that made me anti-grateful. I’ve felt so upset and resistant to sharing what I am grateful for. Despite this, I usually end up telling Charles three quick things off the top of my head and not giving it too much attention. Yet, I slowly realize that I’m going to sleep so much more at peace then before. Just like the studies say, those who write gratitudes down before bed sleep better and longer.
Gratitude also improves our relationship. If we are upset with each other and it’s time to share our 3 gratitudes, we realize that we really are grateful for each other. The experience helps us forgive and feel better about the petty upsetting things we do. Love and understanding overcomes our grievances through gratitude.
Sharing gratitude is one of my favorite daily practices. I have experienced first hand the benefits shared in Amy’s article. I invite you to start writing down what you are grateful for each day. Write down just one or two things with reasons why next to it. You’ll be amazed how much improved your days will become.
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