Rx: Gratitude Daily x 7 days
If it seems that gratitude is an overused buzz word, it's with good reason. The act of practicing gratitude has been scientifically proven to boost immunity and relationship satisfaction; decrease negative feelings such as loneliness and depression; and enhance positive emotions such as happiness and joy.
Okay so one more thing I have to think about?
We get it. But guess what - it works and works best when it is done daily, as with any habit we are trying to adopt. Stick with us and we will tell you how we have found a way to incorporate it into our daily lives below.
How can we practice gratitude?
Many types of gratitude exercises have been shown to be beneficial and you may have heard of some of them. The most well known is the gratitude journal which is easy to incorporate if you already journal regularly. Some other gratitude exercises include: a jar; a letter; a walk; a mention around the supper table.
What have we found to realistically work and stick?
Before going to sleep, we think of 3 to 5 things we were grateful for from the day. These could be good things, things that made us happy, things we might be inclined to take for granted, or things that happened and we may learn from.
It's the easiest way to peel off a little bit of stress and add a little joy into our lives. Maybe you will give it a try for a week and see what you think?
“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy - because we will always want to have something else or something more.” ~ David Steindl-Rast