Sometimes we get so caught up in our day to day lives, that we don’t consciously take the time to pause, reflect, and truly be thankful for everything they have. There is always something to be thankful for, including being alive, and having good health and wellbeing, which gives you a strong foundation for everything else that you achieve in life.
A simple yet highly powerful practice you can do is list out ten (or more) things you are grateful for when you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. You can even do this as a beautiful start to the day, and before you go to sleep.
Robert Emmons, the leading world expert on gratitude has done studies and shown that people who show more gratitude on a regular basis, have greater levels of positive emotions and wellbeing, are able to experience greater happiness, joy, and optimism. They have better immunity, lower blood pressure, less disposed to body pains. More importantly, they are more generous, giving, helpful and less likely to feel socially isolated.
Recent evidence, including a 2008 study by psychologist Alex Wood in the Journal of Research in Personality, has shown that gratitude can reduce the frequency and duration of episodes of depression.
So next time you are feeling anxious, under the weather or stressed, ask yourself the simple question “What am I grateful for” and see the wonderful shift that happens.