What if I told you that developing 1 single habit can give you the following benefits:
- Better health – this was discovered after a study by ‘Personality And Individual Differences – PAID’, where people who practised this were able to overcome health challenges and heal faster.
- Better sleep – another research by ‘Applied Psychology of Health’ monitored sleep patterns of people that did this before going to bed at night and found they slept better.
- Better relationships – because people who practised this had learnt to shelve entitlement for appreciation, they were more positive to be around and attracted, and kept, more friends.
- Enhanced productivity – because these people had unknowingly trained their subconscious to be more positive, this transpired to all other aspects of their life and they were able to apply this optimism to their work, with the benefit of increased productivity.
- Resilience – because these people were not broken by negative events but rather grew through them…
If you’re wondering what this one attitude is, it’s ‘G’ for GRATITUDE. A few years ago, this was highlighted in the movie ‘The Secret’, where claims were made by the man whose life turned around for the better through carrying around his gratitude rock and using it as a prompt to express gratitude.
In my own experience, 2017 was the first time I fully embraced this practice of expressing gratitude. I not only verbalised it, I wrote it down too. I had been given an ordinary diary by a friend in November 2016 and every morning, as soon as I wake up, I write in it something that happened the previous day, which I was grateful for. Its little wonder that as I prepared for my annual MAP workshop in June 2017, Gratitude featured. In my book ’90 Days of GRACE: strategies for developing a successful mindset’, I created room to allow you to journal your gratitude daily. Many have written to me to say how beneficial this has been for me.
As a challenge from me, why not choose to journal your gratitude for 90 days – it could be first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Let me know about the positive impact this has on you.
If you’re still not convinced, log on to ‘Google’ right now and type in the phrase ‘benefits of gratitude’. You will find so many reasons to be grateful.
I encourage you to start NOW, write down 2 things you are grateful for in 2017 and from today, express gratitude in a verbal and written format every day.