Did you know that gratitude can have a tremendous positive impact on your health?
A recent study, titled “The Role of Gratitude in Spiritual Well-Being in Asymptomatic Heart Failure Patients,” found that it plays a very important part in overall well-being.
The study found that being thankful – feeling and expressing gratitude – helped improve the health of heart disease patients.
This has wider implications, and researchers believe it can help anyone. You don’t have to be a heart disease patient to benefit from showing gratitude to others. Anyone can be thankful and see improvements in their health.
Try these strategies to use gratitude to benefit your health:
Understanding the heart of gratitude. Being thankful is an important part of staying healthy.
Do you show your gratitude when it matters – in the moment when something good happens?
Do the people in your life feel you appreciate them? Have you told them (on a regular or semi-regular basis) how much you enjoy the things they do?
Being grateful requires a conscious effort. It’s important to start noticing your thought processes and how you react to various situations.
How to show gratitude to your loved ones. The people who are closest to you need to know you appreciate them.
You can begin to show gratitude by thanking them for specific actions.
You can also show your thoughtfulness by doing small things for them and making their lives easier – just because.
Sharing your time is important. Offer activities that your loved ones may enjoy. This will show you care and pay attention to their lives. It also shows you want to help them enjoy your time together.
Everyone loves compliments, so give them out frequently and honestly, with love.
How to show gratitude to your coworkers. They spend hours with you on a regular basis, and need to know you appreciate them.
Send thank you notes to your coworkers to show them you care.
Show your gratitude by bringing them lunch or offering to buy it for them once in a while.
Sometimes just listening to your coworkers can be a good way to show your gratitude – ask how their day is going and really listen to their answer.
Bring flowers to work to brighten your coworkers’ or Administrative Assistant’s day – and not just on holidays!
How to show gratitude for yourself. Recognize the great things that are happening in your life and be thankful for them each day.
Sometimes making a simple list of all the positive and good things in your life can start you on the path to gratitude.
Remember to give yourself compliments, too! You deserve them just as much as other people in your life.
Thinking about the positive things you have done for others can help you see how you positively impact the world.
How to show gratitude to strangers. You may not know their name or life story, but the strangers you meet throughout the day can also benefit from gratitude.
Does the person who makes your coffee stand next to a tip jar? You can make a generous tip and help brighten their day. You can also point out something they have done well, and mention their excellence to their manager or supervisor.
You don’t have to know your servers’ names to be grateful. You can thank them, compliment them, and share something positive.
Gratitude is an important part of life, and showing it to others can help strengthen your health. It’s crucial to note the positive things occurring every day. There are many ways to be thankful, so you can share the joy with others.
Journaling is one of the best ways to express your thoughts and feelings and understand them more clearly. In our increasingly emotional world, struggling with anxiety, stress or upheavals can be easier when you write down what’s on your mind and heart. Keeping a journal can help you gain more control over your emotions and improve your mental health.
Writing down what you’re grateful for can help to imprint those positive, grateful feelings on your mind and heart and help them stay with you – there for you when you hit that challenge or when life seems to be throwing challenges your way.
There are many ways to show and enjoy Gratitude – and I want to help you start by giving you access to my FREE Gratitude Journal.
Click the link below and you’ll be taken to a quick access page where you’ll enter your name and email and get instant access to download your own Gratitude journal.