The Gratitude Attitude
by Family First Global | 27 November 2020
When was the last time you said “thank you”?
These may just be two short words, but hearing them being said out loud never fails to warm the heart. That feeling of having someone appreciate you for a good deed, no matter how small, leaves a lasting impact that can really brighten your day. It definitely is food for the soul, but science has proven that gratitude is good for the body, too!
THE GRATITUDE EFFECT
1. Fortified Immune System.
At a time where the spread of viruses is rampant, having a positive outlook can actually improve your defenses against potential bodily threats. A research by The Royal Society revealed that an increased mental well-being can fight off illness, while a study on gratitude journaling showed that practicing gratitude can lessen the risks associated with heart failure.
It’s easy to get consumed by negative thoughts, but not when you are cultivating gratefulness. Research suggests that gratitude interventions can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Grateful thinking has also shown to improve a person’s mood, paving the way for a more stable mind.
Being grateful has been found to be that spark that people need to establish a connection, or a flame required to better forge existing ones. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, gratitude can act as a “booster shot” for a relationship. It can raise satisfaction and happiness levels between a couple, making them more prepared to face life’s challenges together.
DEVELOPING THE HABIT
Adapting an attitude of gratitude can start within your family. Involve your spouse and kids in activities that can motivate them to be grateful and find more value in their everyday lives!
1. Map It Out!
For those who appreciate beautiful images, put up a mood board where each member of the family can pin something that makes their hearts sing. It can be a photo of a memorable family trip, a milestone in your kids’ life, or a dream destination that you are setting your sights on.
People feel more blessed when they become blessings to others, so share what you have with those in need. Volunteering can be a source of inspiration that can provide you with a deeper appreciation of the things that are accessible to you, and develop a sense of compassion for humanity as a whole!
Topics: Parenting, Thanksgiving