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3 benefits of practicing gratitude for your wellbeing

Three benefits of practising gratitude for your wellbeing

Recognition is one of the major buzzwords in the wellness industry. Practising gratitude has been a staple part of many meditation practices for lots of long-term meditators around the world. Still, now science is showing us that by experiencing gratitude, we can improve different areas of our mental and physical wellbeing.

What is Gratitude?

It is defined as the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for and to return to kindness.

3 Tools for practice and their benefits

  1. Journaling can make us more Altruistic…
  2. Positive thinking can help you sleep better…
  3. Writing letters can make you more motivated to eat healthily…

Journaling

Keeping a journal of the things or people you are thankful for my help to make to a 'better person' as research has shown that those who journaled about what they are grateful for in comparison with those who journaled about general topics were more likely to display altruistic behaviours.

Positive Thinking

In a study by British researchers into the link between sleep and gratitude, it was discovered that those who reported feelings appreciation were also more likely to report enjoying higher sleep quality and longer sleep duration than those who did not. It's thought that the feelings of positivity that gratitude induces resulted in less negative pre-bed thoughts, which in turn improved how well participants slept.

Writing letters to people, you are grateful for  

A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that participants who wrote a 'gratitude letter' to someone that had helped them in the past, when combined with making a conscious effort to spend 30 minutes a week working on something important to them, tended to self-report making healthier food choices than those who did not. 

Gratitude is about being thankful for others around you and the things you have in life rather than focusing on what you don't have or your perceived grievances with how others are. By showing others how grateful you are for them, it makes them feel good, which makes you feel even better.