During the holiday season it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of gift buying and parties surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas. We often let the stress of large crowds in shopping malls and parking lots affect our overall happiness. We lose sight of how this time of year is actually about being grateful for not only what we have but the people in our lives.
In an article written on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth website, they reviewed the relationship that gratitude has on our overall health. New research conducted by Wendy Berry Mendes from the University of California, San Francisco showed that “people with high levels of gratitude show lower resting blood pressure and are less reactive to stressful events.” Another study conducted by Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Michael McCullough showed a link between gratitude to health and mental well-being including higher levels of alertness, determination, energy, sleep quality, and lower levels of depression and stress. All the researches stated that gratitude was something that needed to be cultivated. http://www.umassd.edu/counseling/forparents/reccomendedreadings/theimportanceofgratitude
If you’re looking for simple ways to cultivate gratitude in your life, try our suggestions below.
Practice Gratitude in your relationships. When you express your appreciation or gratitude to someone for what they’ve done for you, you let that person know their actions don’t go unnoticed. It could be something small like your spouse unloading the dishwasher, your kids giving you a hug or a friend making you dinner. By acknowledging and appreciating our loved ones, we are reinforcing seeing the positive in others as well as ourselves. This reminds us to be grateful for what we have in life.
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