This might surprise you to hear – but gratitude is good for your health!
Seriously, it’s science! 🤓 Researchers have found that people who score higher on gratitude scales also report less aches, pains and illness. They also are more empathetic and less likely to lash out at others (I think something we all struggle with this busy and chaotic time of year! 🙈).
There’s plenty of other emotional and mental health benefits that have been found to correlate with practicing more gratitude. The research is there so you can Google it. 😆
Today, I want to focus more on HOW you can actually incorporate more gratitude and bring more good things into your life. Now is a great time to start! Embrace the month of thanks and feel the benefits of gratitude all month long, through the holidays and beyond!
Now let's get down to that "HOW" I was talking about...
📓 Start a daily gratitude journal.
This is a simple but surefire way to ensure you are actively being more grateful each day. Use a plain journal or notebook to write down 3-5 things each day that you are grateful for. Look back through it to see your blessings, especially when you are feeling down.
🙏🏼 Pray throughout your day.
Say thanks to the Lord (or your own deity) in your head or even out loud continually throughout your daily activities. Whether on your commute, in the shower or while cooking – there are plenty of opportunities to say "thank you" for the simple things like a working vehicle, hot running water, or food on the table.
📝 Send thank you notes.
The biggest focus of our gratitude should be towards people in our life. Make a point to send notes to those who you are grateful for, whether it’s teachers, family members, friends, co-workers, church members, etc. It can be for something specific or just generally how much you appreciate them. Handwritten is always best, but a text or voicemail is appreciated too.
👨👩👧👦 Get the family involved.
Make gratitude a family thing by making it part of your routine. Go around the table at meal time and have everyone say what they are most thankful for that day. Or talk through what you are grateful for at bedtime. Include them in sending notes too!
🔍 Find the good in all things.
Even on days where it seems like nothing is going well, there are things to be thankful for. Look for the silver lining. Most problems we face have a blessing in them somewhere. Overwhelmed with laundry? Be grateful for clothes on your family’s back. Feeling stressed and over-worked at your job? Be grateful for being able to provide for your family.
God is the source of all good things. Let us remember that when we are struggling to find the good or something to be grateful for. His saving grace alone is sufficient for us to have joy and be thankful each day!
“I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” - Psalm 16:2
Did that leave you craving more gratitude and good things in your life?
Wouldn’t it be amazing to feel GREAT through the holiday season instead of a stressed-out mess?! 🤪 If so, I have good news for you! The theme for my November Self Love Studio bootcamp is Good Things, Gratitude & Greatness! 💕
It’s time for more good things in your life! Or maybe time to appreciate and enjoy the good things you already have. Let’s not fall into the stress and chaos of the holidays, and instead let’s focus on those good things!
We’ll be focusing on gratitude and what it can do for our health and happiness, plus how to make it a habit in your life.
We’re also taking things up a notch with your nutrition to go from good to GREAT! 🌟 Finally, we will be defining and going after what greatness means in your life.
You never have to do it alone! My Self Love Studio is a community of women working towards goals, striving for their own greatness and encouraging and supporting others alongside them. It's just the kind of inspiring and uplifting (and fun!) community we all need during this stressful and busy time of year! 📆
Check out some of the results my challengers have been getting recently in my bootcamp! 🤯 These women have all achieved these results by working out 20-45 minutes per day and following a nutrition plan that fits their own personal lifestyles and goals! We'll work together to figure out the best programs for YOU when you apply!
If you’re ready for more good things in your life and to discover your own greatness, then this is where you’ll find it! Complete my application below OR shoot me an email OR send me a DM on Instagram and we can chat more! 💌
PLUS, the first 3 people to enroll in my November 2022 Good Things, Gratitude, and Greatness bootcamp will receive a FREE gratitude journal!