Wellness Wednesday - Gratitude

It has been proven that gratitude has a positive impact on one’s health and wellbeing. The beauty of gratitude? It’s free. It doesn’t cost a single thing, you don’t need to check your phone for delivery and you don’t need to plug it in to replenish! A little gratitude goes a long way, it can snowball, it can be infectious and it can become an unstoppable force. Let’s go over some of the highlights.

On a level of physical health, a 2012 study published in “Personality and Individual Differences,” it was found that those who express gratitude experience fewer aches and pains. An ancillary effect has been reported as the grateful taking better care of themselves, leading to a better quality of self care. Again, another snowball aspect to gratitude. 

Besides reducing aggression and enhancing empathy, expressing gratitude regularly will also reduce toxic emotions. People who express gratitude tend to not feel envy, resentment, frustration and regret. Thank you to a study conducted by Robert A. Emmons, PhD, we know now that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. 

Studies conducted in 2003 and 2006 show some rather impressive results. I’m 2006, a study was conducted and found that American Vietnam War veterans that had higher levels of gratitude had lower rates of PTSD. In 2003 a study confirmed that gratitude was a major contributor to the residency following the terror attacks of September 11. Needless to say, this is a powerful tool to have. 

Now we can try to buy our way to wellness, some of us will succeed, but at the end of the day it’s the internal work we all commit time to that makes the biggest difference. Again, gratitude is free. You can wake up with it, you can sleep better with it, you can eat with it, walk with it, drive with it, all of it. One thing I suggest trying is writing out three things you are grateful for each day for a week and see how you feel. It doesn’t cost anything and you can do it as often as you want!

What are you grateful for today?

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