Attitude of Gratitude
Do you have an attitude of gratitude or is the stress of life weighing you down? If you are – like most of us – stressed out, depressed or just feeling blah, then you might need a gratitude check. Gratitude, known as the feeling for thankfulness and appreciation, is one of the most untapped methods of making ourselves feel better.
Check Your Gratitude Level
Exploring what you are grateful for is free, doesn’t take much time, and has enormous benefits. In fact, research has shown that:
- Overall positive emotions can add up to 7 years to your life
- Kids are 20% more likely to get A grades and have 13% fewer fights
- Adults have income roughly 7% higher
- People experience 10% fewer stress related illnesses, are more physically fit, and blood pressure is lowered by 12%
The Power of Gratitude
Robert Emmons, the leading expert in the field on gratitude research, says that having an attitude of gratitude is helpful during happy times in life, but it is essential during the down times and even when in crisis. In the face of despair, gratitude has the power to heal and bring hope. An interesting quality about gratitude is that it is a choice. The choice to be grateful during difficult times assists in seeing life on a continuum and pushes us to gain perspective in temporary circumstances. The practice of being grateful helps to build somewhat of a psychological immune system when a crisis is present.
Gratitude is a skill that can be easily learned. At The Life Change Group, we know that it is difficult to move through bad times and we can help you to gain a fresh understanding to move in a positive direction. The process of learning to look for the positive in situations is something we teach our clients who often come to us with a negative mindset. A huge component of learning to be grateful is to take note of what one is thankful for. Taking pen to paper and starting a gratitude journal or list is one of best ways to start the process of changing our thoughts and our outlook.
So why not give it a try? Your path to greater days may very well begin with an attitude of gratitude!