As some of you are aware, some big things have been happening to people around me. Sometimes when life becomes a bit overwhelming, it can be difficult to see past the negative and look at what you are grateful for. Being a ‘glass half full’ kind of gal, this got me thinking about the positives and taking on more positive thinking when things are getting you down. The mind-body connection is incredibly strong. What you think may often become your reality. Sustained stress such as anger, fear, or dread can affect our physiology and lead to disease.
There is some science behind practicing gratitude. People who take time to reflect unpon things they are thankful for, experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness and even have a stronger immune system. It only takes 8 weeks of gratitude practice for people to start showing changed brain patterns that lead to greater empathy and happiness.
It can be difficult to think positively when things aren’t going well. It is important during these times to acknowledge these uncomfortable emotions to get past them. However, also having a positive outlook can strengthen your immune system, cardiovascular system and improve your body’s ability to handle stress.
Gratitude doesn’t have to be expressed only during great occasions, you can also be thankful for the simple things in life. Keeping a gratitude journal can be helpful, and studies have found that regularly writing down brief reflections on moments we are thankful for can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.
It works by changing your focus, slowly changing the way we perceive situations.
Also, being as specific as possible on reflection helps.
1) Appreciate the little things
2) Find gratitude in your challenges
3) Practice mindfulness
4) Keep a gratitude journal
6) Express yourself
7) Spend time with loved ones
8) Improve your happiness in other areas of your life
9) Go for a walk somewhere beautiful
All these things can help you have a more positive outlook on life and improve your health.