In this post, I’m going to show seven reasons to practice gratitude daily.
The saying “Gratitude will take you where complaints won’t” is true for every area of your life, including your health and overall well-being.
In short, gratitude is a positive emotion: expressing it is good for your mind and body.
But what exactly does practice gratitude mean?
In simple terms, to practice gratitude is to focus on what is positive and be thankful for what you have and what happens to you.
In other words: to practice gratitude is to appreciate all the good things in your life.
Let’s dive into the reasons to practice gratitude daily.
1. Gratitude improves physical vitality
When it comes to increasing physical vitality, expressing gratitude daily is important.
Thankfulness reduces stress.
Low stress improves heart health and overall health.
It is no secret that studies have proven that stress is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks, severe fatigue that lead to exhaustion and manifests as fainting, high blood pressure, and many other chronic conditions.
In other words:
Gratitude helps you see things in a positive light and prevent unnecessary stress that you don’t need.
In addition to that, practicing daily gratitude is also known to boost the immune system, which helps you fight infections.
So it’s important to be thankful for the little things in life to improves your physical vitality and live longer.
2. Gratitude improves mental health
Anxiety comes when the focus is only on the problem and how big it is.
When you focus on the magnitude of your problem, you lose track of reality and attract only negative scenarios to yourself.
Here’s how practicing gratitude daily can improve mental health:
Adding gratitude practice into your daily routine will helps you put things in perspective and alert your overactive mind to calm down.
It also tells your mind not to panic at every single thing.
Think about it this way:
Feeling grateful regularly enables you to focus on the things in your life that are working, and it also improves your desire to stay alive.
Gratitude is one of the vital tools for dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and other mental challenges affecting your life.
3. Gratitude leads to happiness
Gratitude and happiness go hand-in-hand.
But did you know that happy people are always thankful for everything that happen in their life?
That may be no coincidence:
A study conducted by Robert Emmons at the University of Berkeley, California, for ten weeks proved that those who were grateful for the things that happened in their lives were 25% happier than those who expressed the things that annoyed them and the group who expressed the things that impacted them.
This study proves that your happiness is tied to your gratitude.
Being thankful for the little things in your life will lead to happiness.
Also, being nice to people increases your mood and happiness.
4. Gratitude improves your love life
People who regularly practice gratitude have a more healthy love life.
Why is this so?
Because gratitude brings couples closer together.
Expressing how grateful you are to your partner when they do even the smallest things will motivate your partner to do more for you and spend more time with you.
Those in more happy and loving relationships have a greater desire to live more.
5. Practicing gratitude makes you more resilient
Constantly paying attention to the good in your life will help you bounce back stronger and quicker when a life challenge hits you.
You are much more ready to handle anything and improve your life because, you know, every problem has an expiry date.
6. Gratitude help improves your quality of sleep
People who practiced gratitude before going to sleep had a significantly improved quality of sleep.
The truth is when your focus is on the good in your life, you become more relaxed and sleep better.
A study that measured the quality and quantity of sleep confirms that those who practiced gratitude slept longer, woke up less, and felt refreshed.
7. Gratitude makes you less aggressive and more patient
Studies prove that those who are more grateful for their life tend to let things go easily.
They are not easily provoked and rarely express their feelings with their fist.
The results from several studies that examined the impact of gratitude on aggression and patience show that grateful people are more understanding and calmer to other people’s anger and feel less hurt.
The more grateful you are daily, the less you get into physical altercations with others that may put your life in danger.
Gratitude makes you appreciate the value of something.
The reasons to practice gratitude daily are very simple:
Gratitude helps improve your physical vitality, mental health, happiness, love life, quality of sleep, and also your chance of living a longer life.
I recommend making gratitude part of your daily practice.
Always remember: Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God‘s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Keep reading: how to turn your bad day into a good day.