Have you ever written a gratitude list? My guess is probably yes. Gratitude is powerful and not just in the sense of thinking silently in your head about what you are grateful for. I am talking about actually writing it down and making a practice out of it.
Gratitude magnifies positive emotions and blocks negative ones. You can’t experience both at the same time. I think as a mother it can definitely get stressful and overwhelming and we can often go to a place of feeling defeated. This is why I think keeping a gratitude journal is so important. It’s that daily reminder that allows us to check in and give thanks for what we have, it’s an attitude adjustment.
Still not convinced? Don’t worry I did a little research on the subject for ya and here it is, the facts!
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. For more than a decade he’s been doing research on the effects of gratitude on physical health, on psychological well-being, and on our relationships with others.
“Gratitude journals and other gratitude practices often seem so simple and basic; in our studies, we often have people keep gratitude journals for just three weeks. And yet the results have been overwhelming.”
Some of the results that Emmons and his team have found were from the group they studied that practiced gratitude consistently. The results are:
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.
I mean that is crazy town!! All from writing a gratitude journal each day. Having gratitude and making it a habit is honestly incredible. When I find myself losing my shit I almost always think it’s time to find some paper and write my gratitude list.
PLUS you now have an excuse to go buy a super cute journal to write in! WIN.
I hope you enjoyed this little feel good post and please let me know if you have any practices that bring you happiness!