Gratitude Makes You Feel Better
Gratitude makes you feel better, says Glenn Fox, Ph.D., a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute. Gratitude improves physical and mental health, reduces aggression, prevents depression, and helps you sleep better.
In the United States, we even have a holiday centered around gratitude: Thanksgiving Day.
So Thanksgiving is the perfect time to begin cultivating gratitude.
Here are 7 ways to do it:
1. Start a gratitude journal. Each day, write down at least one thing that makes you grateful and date it. Next Thanksgiving, read your entries.
2. Use positive words to boost your brain’s motivational centers into action.
3. Remember positive occurrences and feelings. Remember the feeling when you first held your baby in your arms. Remember being praised at work. If you’re on Facebook, it even feeds you memories from years ago.
4. Thank people. Even an act so simple as thanking a person who holds open a door benefits your health and well-being.
5. Create a happy environment. Hang around people who are grateful and optimistic. Give people compliments.
6. Spread the gratitude. Whether you pay it forward or give it back, helping others along their path aids you in developing a perspective of gratitude.
7. If you are a religious person, thank God in word, song, movement and action. If you’re not a religious person, express your gratitude for all the blessings you have in your life the same way.