Hello my lovelies! Today, while the world is going insane for sales, I thought I would take a moment to talk about gratitude, and why it shouldn’t just be reserved for one day a year. I know this is something that seems quite obvious, but it’s super easy to go through life, taking things for granted that really we should be incredibly thankful for.
But first a bit of science (my fave!)
There are various ways in which practising gratitude has shown to help improve health, happiness and well-being.
According to Harvard Health, Two psychologists of the University of Miami carried out a study in which they asked participants to write about three different topics over the course of ten weeks. The first group focused on things they were grateful for each week, the second on things that irritated or displeased them, and the third about things that had happened to them/affected them in some way (both positive and negative). At the end of the study, those in group one felt happier and more optimistic about their lives. They were also the group who exercised more and visited the doctor least!
In fact, in a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, it was shown that grateful people experience less pain, and generally feel healthier than other people. So gratitude helps us to feel physically and mentally happier and healthier.
This is further backed up by multiple studies undertaken by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, that look into the link between gratitude and well-being. His research definitely seems to suggest that gratitude both increases overall happiness, and reduces depression.
Furthermore, gratitude helps reduce self comparison and therefore boost self-esteem. A study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology in 2014 showed that the athlete’s who were most positive about themselves – and therefore most likely to perform optimally – were those who practised gratitude.
It seems clear that be grateful is good for the health, so why don’t we do it more often?
Sometimes we are in situations – in life, or in our health – when it seems like being thankful for things is impossible. Normally we think to ourselves, “Once I’m through this, then I’ll be grateful”. It’s easy to get sucked into the black-hole of worry, anxiety and despair and eventually that’s all we can see.
In fact, that’s even more reason to practice gratitude. The times when it is hardest, when we feel like there’s no way we can feel truly thankful, are the times when that mindset can help us most.
It can also seem hard to get into the habit, or find time in our busy and hectic lives. And that’s why I’ve created the 30-Day Gratitude challenge! More on that shortly…
Here’s 5 Things I’m Grateful For, Right Now…
- My family. Even though they are far away, in another country, I’m so grateful to them for their support and love. I know how very lucky I am to have such a wonderful family, and it’s so easy to take that for granted.
- My body. I have a strong, capable body that can do what I need it to do – although it currently needs some extra care (hello, ankle sprain! ;( ) and I should take more time to love it in all its imperfect glory!
- Skype. See point number one Haha. I am so grateful to live in a time when Skype and speedy internet exist, and I can keep in touch with my loved ones even though I’m far away.
- Working from home and therefore being able to wear the comfiest, warmest slippers now it’s getting chilly and wintery! PS Want a yummy soup to warm you up in the darker nights? There’s a tasty recipe here!
- The person who invented fairy lights. Now the big C-word (not the rude one, obvs!) is approaching, the time for fairy lights is upon us. There is nothing more excitingly festive than a glittery supply of sparkly lights, and I’m so keen to get ours up!
And Now You!
So you see, being grateful doesn’t have to be full of serious things. Include some silliness in there – they’re things that bring you joy and make you happy, you should be thankful for them!
Since it’s just been Thanksgiving and we’ve got the gratitude ball rolling, I thought I would help you out by creating a helpful 30-Day Gratitude calendar! It’s got little spaces for you to fill in your thankfuls, plus some little hints if you’re stuck.
Want to get involved? Pop your info in the box below, you’ll receive an email asking for confirmation and then you’ll be taken to the download page. Easy as *pumpkin* pie! Plus I’ll email you a copy just in case.
I’ll then send you an email once a day to check in with you, give you some tips, and see how you’re doing. Good eh? Sign up below and get grateful. 🙂
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Come join in the thankfulness ↓ your mind and body will love you for it!
Speak soon! Love, Harriet xxx
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