The Importance of Gratitude
Gratitude - It's not a new concept, but have you actually tried it? I know it’s a bit of a buzzword at the moment, but there is now more research confirming the benefits of implementing gratitude into your daily routine. Appreciation goes a long way psychologically.
This holiday season is the perfect time to start your gratitude practice. You will most certainly get bombarded with society's expectation of spending more, going beyond you’re means, and convincing yourself you need things that will inevitably end up collecting dust. It’s okay, you’re human…it's hard not to fall into this trap, but this year you can be more conscious and aware of this materialistic push, and more attentive to what you have.
WRITE ONE LETTER OF GRATITUDE THIS HOLIDAY.
You’re writing holiday cards anyway, so make the effort, with at least one card, to go beyond the regular “happy holiday” message and express how grateful you are.
“Most interestingly, when we compared those who wrote the gratitude letters with those who didn’t, the gratitude letter writers showed greater activation in the medial prefrontal cortex when they experienced gratitude in the fMRI scanner. This is striking as this effect was found three months after the letter writing began. This indicates that simply expressing gratitude may have lasting effects on the brain.”
“As we know from past research, expressing gratitude to someone makes a big impact—it can boost our happiness months later, make us see them more positively, and strengthen our relationship.”
So let’s take the time this December to show our appreciation for the people that make a difference in our lives.
Thnx4 is a great online tool that will send you gratitude reminders.
The Five Minute Journal is a great resource that helps you cultivate gratitude in a simple, structured format.