Gratitude, yoga and coconut oil. That’s all you need to get through the winter! When you’re finished moisturizing, one huge thing you can do for yourself is start a gratitude journal and just write out all the things you are grateful for. All you need is 5 minutes or less a day to shift so many things in your life.
Health, happiness, emotional states and more are directly affected by how grateful you feel about your life. Forbes cites The University of Queensland who says that “a positive attitude can improve your immune system and help you live longer.”
Robert Emmons, University of California Davis Psychology Professor, also says in WebMD that, “Throughout history, philosophers and religious leaders have extolled gratitude as a virtue integral to health and well-being. Now, through a recent movement called positive psychology, mental health professionals are taking a close look at how virtues such as gratitude can benefit our health. And they are reaping positive results… Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, [and] regular physical examinations.”
So, how else does gratitude help you daily?
Grateful nods to Happier Human for inspiring our little list below.
Ride It Out & Then Write It Out: Studies show that even 5 minutes a day of gratitude journaling can increase your well-being by up to 10%.
Gratitude Can Make You Not Just Happier, But Healthier: Researchers call this counting blessing versus counting your burdens. Simple, everyday physical things are affected including these interesting states: 16% less physical symptoms, 19% more time spent exercising, 25% better sleep quality. Gratitude even helps increase blood pressure!
Gratitude Helps You Feel Better About Yourself: When you’re happy about the things around you, small and large, you’re more likely to feel like YOU are making a difference, no matter how small and large those differences are.
Being Grateful Gives You More Energy: People who did a gratitude journal were more likely to work out an extra 40 minutes per week. In the scope of things, that’s huge for heart health!
People Like You Better When Your Grateful: From your career, to your friends, to total strangers, when you cultivate gratitude, people around you will feel the shift in your energy and just like you better!
Feeling Grateful Makes You Sexier: Let’s face it, most of us would rather be sexy than not sexy, so it’s a big benefit that people report thinking someone who actively practices gratitude as more attractive than someone who doesn’t.
Read a slew of more reasons why gratitude is awesome at Happier Human.
One way to help increase your feelings of gratitude? Yoga! Learn more about Wellnest’s yoga marketplace at mywellnest.com.