I’ve been doing a bit of an internet trawl on the benefits of gratitude and the results from recent research are utterly astonishing. Without going into lots of detail, here’s a summary list of why gratitude is good for you:
- Improved mental health – grateful people experience fewer toxic emotions such as anger, resentment, frustration and regret.
- Improved physical health – grateful people are less likely to experience aches and pains and more likely to take care of themselves e.g. through healthy eating and exercise.
- More empathy and kindness towards others, even in the face of negative feedback. (Good news for parents!)
- Improved self-esteem – gratitude helps you to stop comparing yourself with others. Comparison lowers self-esteem. Better self-esteem leads to more confidence and better relationships.
- A more positive experience at work due to better networking skills, increased productivity and better decision-making ability.
- Less stress – recognising the good things you have, even in the worst of times, increases resilience and helps you cope better.
- Better sleep – the practise of gratitude journalling before bed each day helps you sleep better and longer.
- Happier memories, less regret and more optimism.
Developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is clearly one of the simplest ways to improve your life!
I’m going to start my gratitude journal on 1st September and aim to write 3 points of gratitude each day for the month, without repeats. I’m not very good at sticking at things consistently so I’m determined to make it as easy as possible! I’m posting a few videos showing how I’m setting up my journal and getting ready for the challenge. You can watch part 2 of several below. Please subscribe on You Tube at ‘Jane Journalling’ and join me in September.