Gratitude, gratefulness, recognition what do you see/hear? We see attitude, fullness and cognition - An attitude of fullness we open our cognition to... on a higher level. In recent years the word gratitude has become widely researched; what are the effects of gratitude? how can we incorporate it into our everyday lives? why is gratitude important?
Our good friend Diviya Lewis is an advocate of gratitude as a way of living, she has chosen to build a business around answering these questions and many others. Her business is called Choose Gratitude, it's mission: to empower others using information about gratitude, happiness, mindfulness and compassion. Diviya is taking gratitude a step further than our everyday lives working to incorporate this as a skill into workplace/organization culture.
With the help of Choose Gratitude let's take a closer look into what the research says about this small act and how we can incorporate it into our lives. If you'd like to test your current knowledge try this short quiz and see how you do!
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY...
Choose Gratitude "advocates an evidence- based approach, using research to explore the various practices that improve our well-being and happiness, empowering individuals and teams with education, tools & support to create, sustain & grow a gratitude mindset."
1. Gratitude makes us healthier; 16% fewer physical symptoms, 19% more time spent exercising, 10% less physical pain
2. Gratitude has been shown across a number of studies to increase positive social behavior
3. Gratitude increases sleep quality, reduces the time required to fall asleep, and increases sleep duration
4. Writing a gratitude letter to someone, and visiting them to deliver it shows the highest increases in your levels of gratitude
5. Dopamine and serotonin are released in your brain when you are feeling grateful
HOW TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE...
Choose Gratitude uses gratitude cards: Tiny wallet-sized cards given to someone who has done/displayed something you are grateful for. Find out more about gratitude cards here.
1. Use a gratitude journal for 5 minutes a week - this triggers multiple positive emotions
2. Write a letter/card to someone you appreciate and deliver it in person
3. Take a minute or two to think about what makes you happy before getting out of bed
4. Listen to others/ providing your undivided attention. It's is a great way to show someone you are grateful for them and their company
5. Say thank you and really mean it
*A reminder from Choose Gratitude to be real and authentic with yourselves when deciding how to practice gratitude in your everyday lives. You should always incorporate gratitude tactics into who you are and what you do so your practices are sustainable and realistic. - Diviya Lewis
Check out Diviya's full profile below....
Thanks for spreading love and gratitude Div.
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For more on research-based findings and the material used within this blog post please see...... The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life By: Amit Amin
Find a list of 40 research studies on gratitude here.