In the journey to improve our health, we often focus on food, water, movement, stress management and sleep. One of the most powerful and overlooked contributors to improve your heath and wellness is GRATITUDE! And, it only takes a few minutes to have life changing and mood improving benefits!
Gratitude isn’t just saying thank you to someone who holds the door for your, or to your kids for cleaning their room! Gratitude is an emotion and a mindset! You can experience a much more abundant life and improved health by focusing on gratitude just a few minutes per day!
Research shows that when we think about what we're grateful for, the parasympathetic, rest-and-digest, calming part of the nervous system is triggered, producing a host of positive benefits for the body, including decreasing cortisol levels and increasing oxytocin, the powerful bonding hormones involved in relationships that makes us feel so good 😍 after "physical touch!"
However, you can’t expect gratitude to happen on its own. If you have more of a negative mindset and look at things as "glass half empty," you’re going to look at your circumstances as if they’re emptying your glass even more. But, if you approach your day with a positive mindset, "glass-half-full mindset," looking for the positive in everything, then every small, good thing that happens is going to contribute to your glass till your cup "runneth over." You will look for the positive things that come out of tough situations.
You have the power to brighten your own life, by looking for all the good things around you, having gratitude and being thankful. And, as you develop your capacity to see the good each day and in all situations, you’ll experience a number of life-enhancing benefits, such as:
“Your mindset is KEY! Your circumstances are nothing more than an opportunity to look on the bright side! Have GRATITUDE, be THANKFUL, feel BLESSED!”