Do you consider yourself a genuinely happy person? Do you find yourself getting stressed and feeling negative over trivial things? Do you feel like there is something missing in your life that you can’t quite figure out? Do you struggle with energy levels or poor quality sleep? What if there were a scientifically-proven method to dramatically improve (and even potentially transform) all aspects your life that is so astoundingly simple you could start doing it right this very second? Turns out there is.
Take a minute right now and think of three things you’re grateful for in your life, right now. Having a hard time thinking of things to be grateful for? Don’t worry, neuroscience has confirmed that simply the act of searching for things you’re gratitude for is powerful enough to actually change your brain chemistry!
Having a gratitude practice is one of the easiest yet profound things you can implement into your life to improve pretty much everything. Here are 5 of the many ways gratitude can be transformational for you.
- Your relationships with others will improve. Showing appreciation for others and simply saying “thank you” inspires others to deepen their friendships with you, according to a 2014 study. Starting conversations on a positive note, along with generally exuding positivity, will make you a magnetic force to attract other like-minded people into your life.
- You’ll sleep more soundly. Writing in a gratitude journal on a regular basis can significantly improve your sleep, according to a psychological study. It makes perfect sense – cultivating a more positive and grateful mindset throughout the day will help you drift off to sleep at night with positive emotions.
- You’ll make better decisions. It has been shown countless times that a gratitude practice reduces stress, which will allow you to think more clearly in high-pressure situations. As a leader, gratitude can also help you inspire your peers to be more passionate and productive.
- Your physical health will improve. Not only can a gratitude practice improve your mind, it has powerful physiological effects on the rest of your body as well! Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude tend to have healthier hearts, fewer aches and pains, lower blood pressure, and improved immunity. On top of that, grateful people have reported higher energy and alertness levels, which can lead to more physical activity and self-care.
- You’ll have more confidence. Studies have shown that simply being grateful for who you are (or what you have) reduces the need to make social comparisons, allowing you to simply be yourself. Other studies done on athletes have demonstrated that cultivating a gratitude practice increases overall self-esteem.
So what are you waiting for? Simply start to write down 3-5 things you’re grateful for every day…you might just start to notice some major changes for the better!