Sep
17
2013

Gratitude Brings You Health & Happiness

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

I think most people are looking for ways to be happier in their lives. I know I’ve been that person.

More often than not, we focus our thoughts on the things we want or what we use to have. Don’t get me wrong, visualizing your future is a great exercise as long as it fuels you. But, how much time do you invest in thinking about all that you have to be grateful for?

I’ve always used the “It could be worse” mentality to get through my hardships. In a way, I was practicing gratitude through feeling empathy and compassion for other people’s hardships and misfortunes. And now, I’m learning to practice daily gratitude for everything I am thankful to have in my life. Sounds easy, but it isn’t if you don’t commit to it. We live in a day and age where we are always running and have so much on our plates that gratitude is easily overlooked.

I started doing research and found statistical information that affirms the benefits of practicing gratitude.

A simple way to increase your level of happiness is to practice GRATITUDE on a daily basis.

Studies have shown it can increase your levels of happiness by 25%. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Behavioral and psychological research has shown that giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, and it improves health and reduces stress. Think about when your boss, spouse/partner, son/daughter or friend thanked you with sincerity for something you did.

Did that make you feel good and want to give more?

Studies also showed that gratitude exercises resulted in higher levels of:

  • alertness
  • enthusiasm
  • determination
  • optimism
  • energy

Less:

  • depression
  • stress

And encourages:

  • the ability to bounce back from adversity
  • a stronger immune system

I believe magnifying any of the above will only Empower us to choose being happier and healthier.

To all my readers, I THANK YOU for taking the time to read my posts!

“Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all others.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Gratitude is important

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Antonette Taylor

Antonette Taylor

My name is Antonette Taylor, and I'm a Life Coach, Speaker, and Author living and working in Chicagoland. I specialize in empowering women who want to live their full potential and are ready for change or greater accomplishment in their lives. I'd like to learn more about how I can help you! I invite you to fill out my contact form today!
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  1. Tracy Brown says:

    Hi Antonette – I completely agree! Feeling and expressing gratitude DOES raise happiness levels. A couple of years ago we (Gordon and I) read John Kralik’s “365 Thank Yous.” (Gordon even got to interview him over the phone for a social networking site – delightful man!)

    If you haven’t read the book, I encourage you – and other blog readers here – to get a copy. Wonderful story. It inspired us to write thank yous too.

    Here’s a bit about the book from Good Morning America (video and excerpt from book): http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/excerpt-365-yous-john-kralik/story?id=12402610

    Enjoy!

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