Practicing gratitude can have many positive effects on your overall health and wellbeing. It can help you be more present, improve your mood, decrease anxiety, and allow you to have a more positive balanced perspective. Gratitude helps you realize what you have instead of what you are missing. It can help you feel more peaceful and more content with the everyday challenges of your life.
Human beings are not hard-wired to feel grateful. Since human beings evolved, our brains developed to find the problems and to struggle in order to survive. The thing is— times have changed. Most of us thankfully don’t have to deal with the same harsh environments that our ancestors had to live in. Therefore, practicing gratitude can put your mind at ease and allow you to see the “good” in your life instead of the “bad.” Gratitude can shift your perspective and make you feel happier.
Here are a few ways to begin practicing gratitude:
1. Keep a gratitude journal.
Write a list of everything you’re grateful for in the morning and/or evening. Taking even 5 minutes a day to notice what you’re grateful for can boost your mood.
2. Catch the negative thoughts
If you find yourself thinking negatively about someone or a situation; try to catch yourself and think of one positive trait about that person or situation.
3. Compliment once a day
Set out to give one genuine compliment per day to another person.
4. Reframe problems as lessons
When you find yourself asking, “why is this happening to me?” Reframe and ask, “where is the lesson in this?” This shift in perspective can help you feel more in control of your life and your current situation.
5. Share with loved ones
Share with people you care about why you’re grateful to have them in your life.
Change is a process and gratitude is a practice. Start small. Even beginning to think about the topic of gratitude is a positive shift towards finding more contentment and peace in your everyday life. To make a therapy appointment for gratitude support click here.