This week = reflection week….
I have come to realise how lucky I really am and how much I should be grateful for. I may not have the most expensive or high brand clothing and make-up, or a mansion – but I have what I need and more. I am quite a materialistic person – but recently I have tried to change the way I see life and just be grateful for the things I do have, I mean I have a shelter over my head, I have a job, i have a loving husband, and I have my wonderful family on both mine and Matthew’s side.
I read an article by Amit Amin over on Happier Human about the benefits of gratitude and just to name a few things from that post…
Gratitude makes us happier
A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent. That’s the same impact as doubling your income! – isn’t that great?
Gratitude strengthens our emotions
Gratitude reduces feelings of envy, makes our memories happier, lets us experience good feelings, and helps us bounce back from stress.
Gratitude reduces materialism
Materialism is strongly correlated with reduced well-being and increased rates of mental disorder. There’s nothing wrong with wanting more. The problem with materialism is that it makes people feel less competent, reduces feelings of relatedness and gratitude, reduces their ability to appreciate and enjoy the good in life, generates negative emotions, and makes them more self-centered.
Gratitude improves your sleep
Gratitude increases sleep quality, reduces the time required to fall asleep, and increases sleep duration. Said differently, gratitude can help with insomnia.The key is what’s on our minds as we’re trying to fall asleep. If it’s worries about the kids, or anxiety about work, the level of stress in our body will increase, reducing sleep quality, keeping us awake, and cutting our sleep short – For more ways to de-stress read my ‘Stress – So Overrated’ blog post.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioural and psychological research has shown that giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. Gratitude can change your life forever.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures”
P.S. Please go check out last week’s post – Mindfulness – it’s a good’un!