As we are coming up on the holiday season, it is a time to be thankful and grateful. The other day, I asked a question in my community about whether or not people have a gratitude practice and I was surprised that there are a lot of people that don't.
There was a study done by Harvard, and they found that gratitude can truly change your life. You will:
- have higher self esteem
- sleep better
- have lower blood pressure
- have more energy
- stronger immune system
- more prone to exercise
- lower stress levels
- become more generous
- have better relationships
- more compassionate and empathetic
- happier, less depressed
- more optimistic
- greater resiliency
- less physical discomforts.
One thing that I would encourage you to do do, starting today, if you're able to, is to start a gratitude practice as a family. Grab some branches and a vase and cut some leaves (brown, orange, red, and yellow) out of construction paper then leave a marker and the leaves out on the dining room table and take time each day to write something you are thankful for. By Thanksgiving you will have a memorable centerpiece that you can read at the dinner table to see what everyone has written.
Two other ideas for a gratitude practice
- Take some time and write thank you notes to people, practicing over a week or some people do up to a year and thank people in your life for things they have done for you and this is a great way to pay it forward as well.
- Gratitude journals are another way you can practice with writing down three things you are thankful for each morning and over time you start to pay more attention to the little things that are happening throughout the day.
A Cal University study, where they did a 30 day thankful for challenge, they had to write three good things that they were thankful for each day. And what this study found was that these people not only changed their happiness during the 30 days, but it lasted for up to and over six months. And all they did was take five minutes each day to jot down something they were thankful for.
So if you want to start with a gratitude practice, I'd love for you to join me, in our form fit mom community, and we can go through this together this next week, providing something that we are thankful for each day, you can put as many as you'd like.