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What is Gratitude?
Most of us think that gratitude is about saying “thank you”, but there is so much more to it than that.
Gratitude is a feeling of appreciating what you have, instead of finding a new thing hoping that it will make you happy. It could be a friend who has always been there for you when you need them or it could simply be that walk in nature that you take every day.
The main way of practicing gratitude is to write down things that make you feel good in a journal. It is best to write about 3-5 things every day and to keep a journal especially for this type of journaling.
What would you say if gratitude could change your life? Read on to learn about the benefits of practicing gratitude.
Benefits of Practicing Gratitude
There are so many benefits of expressing gratitude regularly. I have mentioned only a few of them, for you to understand the idea of the power of gratitude.
#1. Gratitude can help people take better care of themselves
Grateful individuals tend to look after themselves, as stated in a study published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal in 2013. (study) Meaning they do things to contribute to living a longer life.
#2. Gratitude could help with mental health
One particular study published in Frontier Psychology in 2019, found that gratitude can have a positive influence and people can experience happiness and are satisfied with life, as well as lessened negative affect and reduced depression symptoms. (study)
#3. Gratitude helps with stress
There have been numerous studies conducted which found that people who are grateful are less stressed. People who are grateful are more likely to be able to cope with stress better.
Have you tried practicing gratitude? If so, I would love to know about it. Please use the comment section to tell me.
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