Research shows that when you have positive emotions such as gratitude, it could be beneficial to the body and mind. You feel better when you are grateful for the things you have compared to feeling sorry for the things you don’t have that others have. You are relieved of stress and your level of determination to keep trying increases. Start to notice and identify the things you are grateful for
D’ Arcy Lyness wrote in a health journal the better ways to express gratitude especially to yourself. The following tips as written by her will help you express gratitude and keep you hopeful when the chips are down. “Write down a gratitude ritual you do now. For example, giving thanks before a meal or pausing before you go to sleep to think about what went well in your day and how to find good in the things that didn’t!” She said.
- Write down an everyday blessing you’ve noticed that you used to take for granted. For example, electricity that keeps the lights on; fresh, clean running water; or powerful arm muscles that help you play your sport, the shelter that you have.
- Name someone you’re grateful to have in your life and why.
- Describe something that happened in the past that you didn’t feel grateful for at the time, but now think of with gratitude.
- Describe a moment when you felt gratitude in real time.
- Describe a way you’ve thanked someone or intend to thank someone.
- Now that you have written or pondered on these, next time when you feel that things are not coming through for you, remember to be grateful for the simple but important things you have and be expectant for better things.