Given so many of you have been inspired to journal your gratefulness this month in our Gratitude Challenge, I wanted to blog for you the latest scientific research on the tangible benefits of practicing gratitude.
What is Gratitude? Gratitude is awareness. It is perceiving your circumstances from a positive profile, rather than complaining about all the things you think you deserve. We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” – it’s simple, it’s portable, it’s free, and these are the reasons why it is great.
Top 5 Scientific Benefits
Research from Berkeley University reveals that persons practicing gratitude for just a few moments a day are:
- Healthier - Studies suggest gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less annoyed by pains. It also encourages us to prioritise our own health and exercise more.
- Happier - practicing gratitude has proven to be one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction. It boosts feelings of optimism, joy, enthusiasm and self-esteem. It can also reduce anxiety, stress and depression.
- Less negative- "Gratitude works its magic by serving as an antidote to negative emotions. It's like white blood cells for the soul, protecting us from cynicism, entitlement, anger, and resignation," writes Arianna Huffington in her book It also makes us more resilient, even in times of trauma.
- More empathetic- Grateful people are more helpful, altruistic, and compassionate. As we learn to appreciate what we have, we are motivated to help others and pay it forward.
- Better Sleepers: Grateful people spend less time awake before falling asleep, sleep longer and more soundly, and feel more refreshed upon awakening. This in turn diminishes stress, heightens immunity and aids digestion.
If you haven’t already collected your complimentary, eco-friendly & Tasmanian made Gratitude Journal from Elevate – we have a few left. Join us for class, pick one up, challenge yourself to be grateful this February and start the 21 day habit-forming process.
If you haven’t booked-in for our Fierce Gratitude Immersion – be quick! Dates are Saturday 27 Feb and 5 March 2-4pm with Amanda and Roz. Feb 27 is almost full so we are running a second session on March 5. Book here
With much gratitude: AM J