November 22, 2022
5 Ways to Use Gratitude as a Tool to be Happier

Did you know that being grateful is linked to the part of the brain that manages our emotions and impacts our ability to be social? Positive Psychology has discussed this idea for some time now and there is much Social Science research on its benefits and connection to resiliency, and now Neuroscientists have proven that gratitude is linked to life satisfaction and improved wellbeing. Here are some tips to using gratitude as a tool in your life...

Did you know that being grateful is linked to the part of the brain that manages our emotions and impacts our ability to be social? Positive Psychology has discussed this idea for some time now and there is much Social Science research on its benefits and connection to resiliency, and now Neuroscientists have proven that gratitude is linked to life satisfaction and improved wellbeing.

Why and how? Gratitude helps us feel valued which can boost self-esteem. Gratitude minimizes negative thinking and habits; it tends to override them with positive feelings. Gratitude helps reconnect us to childhood wonder and awe. The simple things in life can produce the most joy. Gratitude can help us feel inspired which then can motivate us. And most importantly, gratitude prevents worry and frustration. By focusing on what we do have and what we can do, we allow ourselves to use our energy more effectively. Science has now shown what healers of all types have known for years.

These are challenging ideas for many of us, yet when gratitude is applied consistently and intentionally it does lead to a more satisfying life overall.

Here are some tips to using gratitude as a tool in your life:

Build gratitude and appreciation into your daily life. Take 15 minutes daily to concentrate on what brings you joy, laughter and passion. Through writing in a journal, list making, talking with family and friends. Expressing an idea consistently ingrains it into our minds and souls.

When you notice frustration or worry creeping in, hit the pause button. Redirect your thinking to something positive about the situation or in general. Most situations have at least 3 ways of thinking about them. You may be defaulting to the negative out of habit. Pausing can help you reset!

Practice quiet solitude. Being alone and being lonely are two different things. Intentional time on your own to reflect and rest can allow you to rediscover joy around you. Create a space and time daily to breathe in calmness and breathe out stress...

Write a Thank You letter. To someone who has helped, inspired or motivated you, and one to yourself. Learning to be our own cheerleader is an important re-setting tool as life tends to throw much at us at warp speed.

Listen Intently. Listening is an art. Listening is about actively focusing on the other person. Listening is about waiting your turn to speak. Listening is a demonstration of love and connection.

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