The 5 Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

Is practicing gratitude part of your way of life?  If not, you may want to consider incorporating it.  Some of the happiest people are those who take the time to acknowledge all of the good things that are in their lives. Here are the ways that doing so can benefit you.

1. It gives an overall sense of well-being. It can be as simple as appreciating a beautiful day. Taking the time to remember and be thankful for the good things in our lives brings a sense of well-being and peace-of-mind that we can carry throughout the day. This in turn makes it so that you feel positive and optimistic in your day-to-day life.
2. It makes us happier. When we are thankful, we feel a range of warm emotions like love, contentment, security, calm and happiness. Practicing gratitude regularly makes it easier to hold on to these emotions even when going through difficult situations.
3. It reduces negative thought patterns. Like a bird that returns to the same tree to nest each year, our brain returns again and again to the same thought patterns. The more often we give in to negative thoughts, the stronger these thought patterns become. By regularly practicing thankfulness, we can strengthen positive thought patterns, ensuring that our mind continues to function from a positive place
4. It improves your relationships Practicing gratitude and appreciation in your relationships is a wonderful way to grow and strengthen the relationships that bring us joy.
5. It has physical benefits. As well as mental benefits, practicing gratitude has also been linked to many physical benefits, including sleeping better, feeling less stressed and having better immune function.

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