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12 Reasons Gratitude Should be a Part of your Daily Wellness Routine



The year 2020 has been marked with change for all of us, no matter who you are or where you live. However you may feel about the COVID 19 pandemic, it has hit the world hard. Many countries have demanded shutdowns to gain control of the virus. Professionals have lost their jobs and even their businesses. Kids have been sent home to learn and are desperately missing their friends. Parents have become homeschool parents overnight, whether they like it or not. Some have lost their lives, loved ones, or health due to the illness's long-term symptoms. Change is hard, and having it come when many are afraid to reach out for help for fear of getting sick or in trouble has made it so much harder. It is times like this that a positive attitude can mean the difference between getting lost in depression or maintaining resilience when the going gets tough.

It can be hard to find a reason to be grateful when life seems to keep kicking you when you are down, but it is in these moments that it matters most. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Positive Psychology puts it this way, "An acknowledgment of the goodness of life. Saying yes to life itself". The truth is that even when we are struggling, there is something that can cause us to be thankful. Maybe it is a smile from a child or the fact that we have a roof over our head, food to eat, the fact that for the moment we can pay our bills, or that we are alive to try again for a better day. It is crucial to seek out these reasons when we struggle to feel them naturally. If you can't find one, it may be time to ask someone to help you find one.

When we lack gratitude, it poisons our souls and causes our struggle to become even more intense. It can cause us to become selfish, self-centered, and even narcissistic. Lack of gratitude can also leave us broken and feeling inadequate, unworthy, and unable to recognize and experience the blessings that may be right in front of us. Neither of these will do us any good and significantly impact our ability to have meaningful relationships with those who love us.

Gratitude in times like this may not come naturally, but it has some fantastic benefits when we intentionally seek it out. Here is a list of reasons to add intentional gratitude to your wellness routines.


1. It is an act of unconditional love.

2. Teaches us to discipline our thoughts.

3. Gives us a posture of humility.

4. Reduces Anxiety.

5. It destroys ego (envy).

6. Opens the door to more relationships.

7. Improves physical health.

8. Improves psychological health.

9. Enhances empathy and reduces aggression.

10. Grateful people sleep better.

11. Improves self-esteem

12. Increases mental strength.


The truth is that gratitude, like laughter, is good medicine for the body, mind, and soul, and research can prove it. Studies on gratitude and those who practice it regularly show that it improves immune function, bolsters resilience, increases physical and mental energy, determination, and strength, improves sleep, and lowers depression.

To put it plainly, gratitude heals the brokenhearted, increases physical healing, protects us from disease, connects us to others, shields us from negativity, turns curses into blessings, and grows a divine character within us. There aren't many wellness tools that can impact every aspect of wellness, but I would say that gratitude is one of the few and one that I hope you will strongly consider adding to your toolkit. If you are struggling, feel free to reach out. I can provide you with a few techniques to assist you or offer guidance in finding a counselor that is right for your needs.




References

~Donahue, C. (2020). 7 powerful spiritual benefits of thankfulness. Retrieved from https://www.ibelieve.com/slideshows/7-powerful-spiritual-benefits-of-thankfulness.html

~Richards, H. M. S. (1985). Seven reasons to be thankful. Retrieved from https://www.voiceofprophecy.com/seven-reasons-to-be-thankful

~White, E.G. (1990). Ministry of healing. Better Living Publications. Silver Springs MD.


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