With so much uncertainty in the world right now, it’s only natural to focus on what’s wrong. But research shows it’s vital you also pay attention to the things in your life that you’re grateful for. Let’s give this a try right now, bring out your journal and write down:
Something that made you smile recently, however small.
One thing you’re thankful to have around you.
Think of a person that you’re happy to have in your life, and let them know that.
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Research shows that people who practice gratitude meditation regularly have a well-balanced blood pressure level, better metabolism, and enhanced mood conditions. In a study on suicidal ideations, it was found that higher levels of gratitude were associated with fewer suicidal thoughts and attempts (Kleiman, 2013).
The reason is simple. By focusing positively on the wrong sides of life, we can change the way we think and feel about them. Studies indicate that gratitude yoga and meditation have significant effects on reducing symptoms of mood disorders, and suicidal thoughts (Stockton, 2016).
A recent survey that was conducted on the benefits of gratitude exercises by O’Leary in 2015 suggested that individuals who maintain gratitude journals are much better at expressing themselves and are more aware of their inner feelings, they show higher levels of motivation and passion.
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