How expressing gratitude makes you happier

Written by Sarah Davies

Registered Psychologist

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you recognise and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.” Zig Ziglar

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with increased happiness. Gratitude can help people to experience more positive emotions, to relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships.

Daily gratitude practice is a wonderful way to remind ourselves each and every-day to stop and appreciate the good things. It helps us to reflect more deeply on precious moments which we may otherwise let slip by.

There are the small things, little moments that we sometimes brush off, that actually could be celebrated and acknowledged. Gratitude is about acknowledging the little wins, the big wins and everything in between!

When you start training your mind to acknowledge what you are grateful for, you are likely to start noticing more of the good. You will start to breathe more positivity into many areas of your life, and notice that you are making a deliberate move from living in a state of lack, to living in a state of abundance.

Take this opportunity to acknowledge 3 things you are grateful for in this very moment.

Start to type these in the notes section of your phone or in a dedicated gratitude journal that you keep on your bedside to write in before you go to sleep each night.

Make this a daily practice to note 3 things, and in no time, you will have trained your brain to notice and acknowledge much more than just 3 things to be grateful for as you move about your day.

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Posted: Mar 29 2022


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