Did you know that gratitude has a powerful effect on mental wellbeing in challenging times? That’s because being grateful every day can help you focus your mind on positive areas of your life.
In my field of Positive Psychology, gratitude is more than the action of saying “thank you” for something, it’s a deeper appreciation that shows our recognition of the things that others have done for us.
Gratitude has two stages:
- Acknowledgment of goodness in your life
- Recognizing that some of the sources of this goodness lie outside you.
Some of the proven benefits of gratitude include its ability to reduce stress, increase happiness, improve your physical health and strengthen your relationships.
I will leave you with one simple way you can practice gratitude in your life from today.
This week, keep a gratitude journal about the things you are grateful for every day. This can be a physical notepad or an app on your phone. You can use the following prompts as a starting point and feel free to add yours:
- Someone I can always rely on.
- A fun experience I had today.
- The best part about today.
- Something beautiful I saw.
- An unexpected good thing that happened today.
- A reason to be excited about the future.
- An act of kindness I witness or received.
- A lesson I learned today.
A few tips: don’t rush your writing. Please take time out to write in detail – remember to explain why you are grateful for what you are writing. Lastly, if you need to set a reminder, please do that so you don’t forget.
I hope this has helped you.