Gratitude is one of the positive emotions of being thankful for the things you already have. It is a way of showing appreciation for the simplest things you often take for granted. Showing gratitude could make you feel good. There are many scientifically proven benefits of practising gratitude. Here are the seven advantages of being grateful -
Good MoodIn psychology research, gratitude is directly connected to happiness levels. It helps people to develop good emotions that help in boosting mood. In scientific terms, there is an increase in the level of dopamine, serotonin and neurotransmitters in the brain when one practices gratitude. Practising gratitude makes you more compassionate, and it boosts your emotional mood.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
Break the negative cycleWhen you practice gratitude, you start attracting positivity in your life. You start giving appreciation to all the things you have. Your focus shifts from "I don't have this and that" to "God has given me too much". And finally, you stay away from all the negativity and lead a life full of positivity.
Improve sleepThe quality of your sleep depends on peace of mind. Practising gratitude obliterates all the negativity and makes your mind calm and composed. You stay away from any strong emotion that makes your mind agitated. And finally, your sleep cycle improves.
Changes your mindsetThe moment you start practising gratitude, the whole planet appears different. You even start loving your enemies. The enemy word seems meaningless to you. It changes your entire thinking process. And finally, your mindset changes.
Boost your physical healthYour mental health is directly connected with your physical health. If you are mentally exhausted, your physical health never improves. Practising gratitude boosts your mental health and increases vitality. Physical exercise becomes part and parcel of your life.
“True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.”
― Oprah Winfrey
Good social lifeGrateful people have a good social life. They try to remain good to everybody around them. In challenging situations, they remain calm and composed. They love to spend quality time with their friends. They never allow negativity to enter their social life.
Better stress managementScientific research shows that practising gratitude reduces the stress hormone cortisol. It makes your mind still with no harmful thoughts. You accept your failures and see them as a learning experience.
Gratitude really works and has innumerable benefits. You create a happy and less competitive life around you.
Don't forget to name the things you are grateful for in the comments.