As we head into November, we begin to think about Thanksgiving and the holidays before us. Having a national holiday that triggers our thoughts around gratitude is wonderful. Being able to carry the practice of gratitude into our daily lives can be challenging.
Let’s look at the scientific benefits, and gifts, of practicing and cultivating gratitude on a daily basis:
- Increase in the natural oxytocin that are released when we practice affirmation and thankfulness daily in moments of meditation and prayer. Oxytocin boosts our immune systems, affords us better problem solving, and makes us resistant to addictive habits. (Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2011)
- Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. According to a 2012 study by University of Kentucky, Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind.
- People who practice gratitude sleep better. Right before laying down for bed, write in a journal 5 things you are grateful for that happened that day – you most likely will sleep better and longer. (Source: Applied Psychology: Health and Well Being)
- Gratitude plays a major role in reducing stress and overcoming trauma. (Source: Behavior Research and Therapy, 2006)
- Gratitude can improve self-esteem. Self-Esteem is vital to optimal performance. Grateful people are better able to appreciate others accomplishments and steer away from self-comparison to others. (Source: Journal of Applied Sports Psychology, 2014)
- Gratitude improves physical health. People who practice gratitude often experience less pain, and report feeling healthier than other people. (Source: Personality and Individual Differences, 2012)
- Gratitude builds relationships. According to a 2014 study by Emotion, thank a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek and ongoing relationship, and acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.
- Gratitude, gratefulness and appreciation have proven to be amongst the most powerful of human emotions. (Source: Positive Psychology Program)
Type the word Gratitude into Google and you will find a plethora of data from hundreds, if not thousands, of research studies that prove we should take time in our day to stop, pause, and mindfully think about what we can, should, and really are grateful, appreciative, and thankful for.
Why not start now…begin to have an attitude of gratitude. Its the Clean Eatz way. As a matter of fact, It’s A Lifestyle.
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We honor you, and look forward to sustaining our commitment: to inspire people by providing tools for a healthy lifestyle!