Start everyday happier and in a positive mindset when you start practicing gratitude!
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. (From health.harvard.edu)
Some fun statistics, from Halo.com:
From Sharon Martin's website: "To get the benefits of gratitude, we need to practice it consistently, which means we need to plan a way to incorporate gratitude into our already over scheduled, overstressed lives.
Setting an intention to practice gratitude is a commitment to do it even when we don’t feel like it. Gratitude is easy when things are going well, but when problems are piling up, the world seems to be falling apart, and we don’t know how we’re going to get through the day, it’s hard to feel grateful. So, how do we shift gears and focus on the good while also acknowledging that we’re hurting and afraid?"
Try identifying 1 thing you are grateful for each morning. I do this with my girls each morning. It can be as simple as the blanket that kept you warm, or the alarm that woke you up. But, the key thing to remember is there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. And when your mind starts searching for something good, it will continue to search for more good. Our minds are brilliant that way.
Another way to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Below are 30 gratitude journal prompts, from Sharon Martin, to get you started.
"It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful." ~Brene Brown