Do you know that the fastest way to increase happiness starts with just 2 simple words?
Yup- just 2 simple words and they are THANK YOU.
Research shows grateful people have more satisfaction with life! Expressing gratitude increases your happiness by helping you notice the good things that are happening in your life.
Grateful people have less negativity and are less selfish.
They have better sleep and improved vitality and more optimism!
Expressing gratitude works because it increases positivity, enhances life’s experiences, And enables savoring (which means to truly enjoy something to its fullest)!
Gratitude counters materialism and adaptation and has proven to decrease depression and stress! And it counters the hedonic treadmill (which means that regardless of what happens to a person, their level of happiness will return to their baseline after the event.)
Practicing gratitude focuses our attention on what's good in our lives. Gratitude leads to immediate feelings of joy, well-being, peace, contentment, and a sense that life is good.
As a bonus- a regular practice of gratitude actually ATTRACTS more reasons to be thankful.
Gratitude is a doorway- not just any doorway, not alike a small doggie door- but rather big wide double french doors doorway- into happiness.
OK- you get it.
So how do we actually practice gratitude?
One way is to have a gratitude journal. Simply write down 3 things that you are grateful for at least once a week, every day if you can (remember, the more you practice, the better you get)
Now… if you are like me…. and you tend to fall into coma while reading bedtime stories after a long day of work, errands, cleaning up legos (again!), dinner, baths and the nightly “time-to-get-into-your-pajamas” wrestling match- you can't imagine when you will write those 3 things down.
Don’t stress about getting them down in writing. Start by just thinking about 3 things you are grateful for- before you get out of bed in the morning or just before you fall into that coma at the end of a long day.
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