Benefits of Gratitude: Have a Better Day
I know it sounds hokey, but being grateful can have a dramatic effect on your day.
I'm not talking about being grateful for the bad, annoying things that are happening. I'm talking about concentrating on something you are grateful for instead of concentrating on those pesky annoyances.
It doesn't matter how big. Or how small.
It could even be something insignificant. As long as it's something that makes you smile. Something that makes your day a little brighter. Something you are grateful for.
Your first coffee of the day.
The sun shining.
A beautiful flower.
The way your child smiles at you.
Stealing a glance at your husband.
Waking up before your alarm so you can have a cuddle in the morning.
Whatever it is, however big or small, acknowledge it. Say it out loud. Write it down. Or better yet, take a picture of it. When you acknowledge something that makes you happy, your focus changes. You stop focusing on the negative, and start focusing on the positive.
It may only be for a brief second at first. But it will grow.
And gradually you will start to realise that the annoying stuff just doesn't get you down quite as much.
Benefits of Gratitude: Weight Loss?
At this point you might be wondering what gratitude has got to do with weight loss.
And I take your point. Being grateful for things isn't, in itself, going to melt away the pounds. But the process of gratitude does help you re-focus your thoughts. It can change the way you perceive situations. Make you happier.
If those don't sound like good enough reasons in themselves, there is a link between happiness, reduction in stress and better sleep. And those, really can help you lose weight.
You'll be surprised how many benefits practicing gratitude can have. And how quickly things stop bothering you.
Your jeans are a bit tight ... but your husband finds you gorgeous.
You can't find anything to wear for your night out with the girls ... but they don't care about what you're wearing, just that you're there.
You can't quite manage to keep up with others in your exercise class ... but you're doing it, you're pushing yourself and you will get better.
Once you start refocusing your thoughts, all of your experiences start to change. It's the start of being able to accept yourself, just how you are. And once you do that, everything will become a bit easier.
You'll be exercising because your body needs it. Eating healthily because you deserve it. And if you give in it that bit of cake, well, you've been good all week and it's only one slice. No need to make any more of it than that.
Your healthy lifestyle is no longer a punishment.