So often we see our problems as bigger than our gifts because our brains are wired to have a negativity bias. The good news is, we can choose to intentionally balance this out. Spending time in gratitude helps you to develop greater resilience in the face of difficulties and enjoy your life’s treasures more deeply.
Feeling grateful is a very powerful action that you can take to increase your wellbeing and happiness. This goes beyond saying ‘thank you,’ or thinking about what you are grateful for. This is taking a moment to sink into the feeling of gratitude.
Benefits of Gratitude
The experience of these feelings has been shown to increase immune function, decrease inflammation in the body, and improve heart health. Perhaps most importantly, spending time with your sense of gratitude improves your vision. Gratitude practice is like putting on corrective lenses. As your mind expands its awareness of what and who you’re grateful for, you are actually seeing your life more truly.
The benefits of consciously choosing to experience gratitude are profound and the practice itself is very simple. Use these 5 steps to expand your gratitude and reap the benefits for your health and success.
- Write down a list of 5 people, experiences, or things you feel gratitude for.
- Every day, after your two-minute quiet mind activity, let your mind envision each of these 5.
- Give enough time to feel your gratitude for each of them.
- Notice the accompanying physical sensations.
- Increase the benefit of this practice by writing notes in a journal each day.
Schedule this practice every day for 14 days. Notice how it’s affecting your perspective of and responses to your life.