Medical research has shown that practising gratitude changes the way the brain functions positively. However, concentrating on negative thoughts impacts by lowering mood and cognitive function.
So how to practice gratitude?
If you are reading this you are amongst 49% of the world population to have internet access; your ability to access information and communicate easily is a reason to be grateful.
If you have clothes, shoes, food in the fridge and a roof over your head you are better off than 75% of the world population. Stop focusing on what you haven’t got but what you have got and be thankful.
There are days when my depressive voice is so loud that I find it hard to express gratitude. Yet I always come back to the real blessings of having food, clothing and shelter.
My three Fs, family, friends and faith are also causes of gratitude. Put another way by Divyanka Tripathi, “Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.”
So how can you practice gratitude? Every night before you go to bed think of three things you are grateful for. List them in your head, in a diary or notebook.
If you are struggling with your mood writing down what you are grateful for is helpful as over time you can physically see your life is not as bleak as your negative thoughts would have you believe.
A lady who reached her 100th birthday was asked for the secret to her longevity. “I wakes up hopeful and goes to bed grateful,” she responded. Perhaps we can learn a lot from that short phrase. Let’s practice being hopeful about our days rather than scaremongering about what might happen (we don’t know) and let’s practice gratitude for what we have.
Love and blessings,
Please let me know your views on gratitude in the comments. Thank you in advance xx
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