A Gratitude Practice Q & A
A Gratitude Practice….
Such a power tool to have in your tool box. It has the ability to transform your life and open up your heart and eyes to all the Love and Blessings around us. If you are feeling a little lost in your Gratitude practice, here is a little gift from me to you to help you on your Gratitude journey.
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Here are some questions our readers have asked through the website and social media, that you may also be asking!
So here we go…
Q. I want to be Grateful but don’t know where to start?
– Hannah, 17
When you are feeling overwhelmed in starting a Gratitude Practice, I would recommend narrowing down your search in things to be thankful for with a topic. Sometimes it can feel like you are taking on the whole ocean in your Gratitude thoughts, so instead, start with something smaller like a Gratitude Puddle or Gratitude Bath. By this I mean find a smaller topic to focus your gratitude attention towards. Instead of focusing on your whole life and the entire world around you; focus on a smaller topic, such as what you are thankful for about your family or the delicious meal you just ate. By narrowing your topic you will find it easier to focus and find things to be thankful for without being overwhelmed.
Q. I feel like what I am being thankful for is superficial and I feel bad there isn’t more ‘world-peace-y’ things on my list?
– Sandy, 30
Number one rule in being Grateful … There is no Guilt! When you feel guilt, you are adding a negative energy to your Gratitude practice, which in turn will not leave you feeling connected and uplifted but rather separate and downhearted (which is the complete opposite of what we want from being thankful!) I find that when you are thankful daily, your mind expands to see more things to be grateful for around us in the world. When you thankful, you are opening up and sitting in your heart space; and it is from this space over time you will also be able to connect to more things around you to be thankful – including those world peace-y ones.
Q. How many things should I be writing down in my Gratitude Journal daily?
– Tammy, 23
It is not about how many things you can write down, but how many things you can truly feel gratitude for in that moment. If you only manage to write down one thing for that day that you are thankful for, that is totally fine. It is about connecting to this moment of Gratitude and really feeling the love and thanks for this thing, whether it is big or small.
Q. Is there any health benefits from practicing Gratitude?
– Tom, 28
There sure are! There has been many studies done on the benefits of Gratitude on our health and wellbeing – so if you want a deeper and more detailed look at these, I would suggest doing a google search. However here are just some of the health benefits to practising Gratitude.
- Gratitude can improve your sleep. According to a study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being in 2011 that should showed that participants who wrote down the things they were thankful for before bed, slept better and longer.
- Gratitude can make you a nicer person. A study done in 2012 by the University of Kentucky, showed that people who practice Gratitude, showed to be kinder and had more empathy towards others than people who did not practice gratitude.
- Gratitude can improve/boost self-esteem. In 2014, the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology published a study that showed that when people practice Gratitude in their lives, they are more likely to be happy and acknowledge their (and others ) achievements and showed pride and joy in their lives.
- Gratitude improves physical and mental health. Studies published in 2012 in Personality and Individual Differences and findings by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher both show that Gratitude can improve our mental and physical wellbeing. Through Gratitude people are more likely to experience an increase in happiness and a decrease in depression, and also they are more likely to show care for their bodies through good diet & exercise.
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