5 Simple Ways to Improve your Health with Gratitude
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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health with Gratitude
Dr. Robert A. Emmons described research he carried out with three experimental groups over 10 weeks (Emmons & McCullough, 2003): People who expressed daily gratitude felt 25% happier. They were more optimistic about the future, they felt better about their lives, and they even exercised 1.5 hours longer per week on average.
Here are 5 simple ways to improve your health with gratitude.
1. Keep a gratitude journal.
Take time first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening to write three to five things about what you are thankful for. Keep a notebook, journal, or loose paper and a pen on your nightstand for convenience. Reflect on the good, pure and lovely highlights of your day and transcribe them onto paper. You will feel better and have a deeper sense of appreciation.
2. Speak positively to yourself.
Learn to tame your “inner chatter” with only words of encouragement, edification and confidence. Transform any self-doubt, negativity and words of disapproval such as,
“I am not good enough or worthy” to words like “I am worth it, I am valuable, I deserve to have the best in my life.”
Speaking and thinking positivity over yourself will improve your self esteem and cause you to feel better and happier about yourself.
3. Surround yourself with optimists.
Find people that are grateful and spend quality time with them. Chances are you are like those that you hang around with most. This is true with attitudes. Make sure that the people you spend the most time with are uplifting and live life in a positive light instead of an ungrateful manner. Other people’s gratitude and positivity will rub off on you and as a result you will become a happier and healthier person.
4. Listen to and read uplifting material.
Spend leisure time indulging in edifying material. Books and audios that build up the inner man and make you feel good about yourself and life. Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Joyce Meyer and other wonderful authors have wonderful material to encourage, motivate and promote proper thinking.
5. Take time to say thank you.
One of the best ways to remain thankful is to tell others you appreciate them and how much they mean to you. A simple handwritten note is a nice touch and means a lot to the one receiving it. Picking up the phone to call someone and say “thank you” goes a long way and will cause you to feel good in the process. As you engage in making other’s feel appreciated you will in turn reap great rewards with your own happiness and emotional health.
***Disclaimer: This content is solely for informational purposes and should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. It is recommended that you seek professional advice by a licensed health care professional.