Balanced Mind,  Self Care

13 Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can have a positive impact on your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It has also been linked to reduced stress levels, improved sleep, and greater satisfaction with life in general. One way to practice gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal forces us to pay attention to the good things in life we might otherwise take for granted. It helps us to become more attuned to the everyday sources of pleasure around us. By writing these things down, you can feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, and build strong relationships. And this can have a profound effect on our lives and become a recipe for a much happier life! 

Practicing Gratitude Helps You to:

  1. Improve self-esteem.
  2. Improve energy and health.
  3. Be happier and more optimistic.
  4. Become more resilient and deal with adversity better.
  5. Be more generous and forgiving.
  6. Lower stress and anxiety.
  7. Provides perspective and helps you look for the good in your life.  
  8. Keeps you in the present moment.
  9. Be generous and kind to others. 
  10. Improves relationships.
  11. Decreases negative thoughts.
  12. It may help relieve depression.
  13. Helps to boost the neurotransmitter serotonin and activates the brain stem to produce dopamine. Dopamine is our brain’s pleasure chemical.

Gratitude helps you to be more mindful and in the moment, and it helps to keep your parasympathetic nervous system in rest and digest mode. It’s impossible to feel or experience fear or anxiety, and gratitude at the same time. There are huge health benefits when you’re not in this ‘fight flight’ mode of stress. If you’re feeling grateful, you’re also being mindful because you can’t feel gratitude without becoming aware of what you’re experiencing. The more we think positive thoughts, the happier we feel. And when we are happier, our bodies are healthier.

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