November 19, 2020
The Benefits of Gratitude and How to Get Started
Source: healthline | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 11/19/2020 –
There are plenty of reasons to practice gratitude, including benefits to your overall mental health and well-being.
Practicing gratitude can mean different things to different people. From daily journaling to evening prayers, gratitude practice can take many forms.
Read on to find out the benefits of practicing gratitude every day and how to get started.
What does it mean to practice gratitude?
Gratitude is simply defined as the state of being grateful. It involves expressing thanks or appreciation for something, from a gift to life itself.
Gratitude involves recognition of the positive things in your life and how they affect you. This can range from acknowledging a beautiful flower you pass on the sidewalk to the feeling of thanks that comes from recovering from a serious illness.
You can practice gratitude in lots of different ways, like:
- gratitude exercises, such as journaling
- paying attention to the little things in life, like the birds in the trees
- telling someone you’re grateful for them or for something they did, even if it was a long time ago
- doing something kind for someone in your life to express your gratitude
- meditating on the positive aspects of your life
- giving thanks through prayer