"Gratitude turns what we have into enough." – Melody Beattie
It's not how much we have that determines our happiness; it’s how grateful we are. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis is known to improve mental health, promote happiness and foster closer relationships. Here are a few ways how feeling thankful can have beneficial and long-lasting effects on our wellbeing.
It increases positivity
Everyone has something to be grateful for. But in the midst of living, we sometimes take what we have for granted. When we practice thankfulness, we experience positive emotions such as joy, optimism and happiness – leaving almost no room for negative emotions.
It promotes long-term happiness
Being thankful is different from short-term happiness, which can sometimes be reliant on immediate gratification from buying a new pair of shoes. By practicing gratitude and mindfulness on a daily basis, we are framing our mind to appreciate life in a more meaningful and fulfilling way.
It helps us sleep better
Making a gratitude list before you sleep reminds us of the good that we have in our life. When we focus on positive thoughts, we are likely to worry less and clear our mind for a good night’s sleep. A well-rested sleep is known to improve our focus, sharpens our decision-making skills and promotes better mental health.
It helps us build better relationships
Couples who are more appreciative of each other are known to have stronger relationships than those who don’t. Learn to focus on each other’s good traits. Expressing our gratitude fosters stronger bonds, which leads to more satisfying and supportive relationships for mental wellbeing.
Being thankful does wonders for our mental health. Integrate gratitude into your daily life and in time, it will soon become a habit.