Gratitude improves your life

Do you want to be happier? Raise your level of gratitude!

Science is investigating and saying that gratitude is a surprising “brain fertilizer”. Investigations also indicate that gratitude energizes you and improves your enthusiasm. Gratitude helps you balance your focus between yourself and the world: it helps you be kinder, and more understanding. It improves your psychological health. It improves your connection with others. It reduces aggressions and improves your self-esteem. Gratitude helps you overcome difficult situations, since it raises your resilience, the capacity of recovery. Gratitude also helps you lower envy and resentment.

Gratitude also helps improve the quality of our nightly sleep. When we don’t rest properly, we don’t recover the wear of our memory and cognitive functions. Gratitude not only improves your sleep, but diminished anxiety and depression.

What can you do today?

Number ten things each day for which you are grateful, preferably before you go to bed. Have a gratitude journal at your night table and write these things down. Being grateful raises your dopamine, the hormone that adds to wellbeing. Neurologists say that our brain has five times more negative circuits than positive ones, which makes it all too easy to focus on the negative. Being grateful helps you focus on the positive. Gratitude helps us “unglue” ourselves from our failures and problems, and opens the door to solutions. Gratitude helps us value what we have, and diminishes our anxiety for having “more”.

Gratitude is not always easy to practice, but we need to practice it daily.

Some ideas:

Learn how to express gratefulness in your daily life, with your loved ones and with the people around you, yes, and even with strangers. Practice with words of affirmation. Reduce your criticism and complaining.

Mark Twain wrote: “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” But giving our compliments not only does good to the person receiving it, but also to the person giving it.

A saying says: “If you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness.”

Learn how to raise the gratitude in your life, and you will live better!

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