Why Expressing Gratitude is Good for your Health

When you start to think in the present moment and experience gratitude for the things in your life, you adopt a mind-set that can enhance your wellbeing. However, you choose to express gratitude is up to you, there is no right or wrong just as long you stop and smell the roses. Robert A. Emmons, PH.D is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, in his article ‘Why Gratitude is Good’ his research suggests that expressing gratitude either by keeping a journal or simply being aware of your gratefulness can impact our health physically, psychological and socially.

Studies show that being grateful enhances your energy levels, keeps a strong immune system, you experience longer sleeps, become more emotionally aware and intelligent, are more forgiving and less likely to be depressed or anxious and can lessen feelings of isolation and loneliness.

When you are grateful not only does it help keep you in the present moment and appreciate your life, it also produces healthy Neuropeptides (neurotransmitters) that transmit all through your body. Healthy thoughts generate healthy neuropeptides that in turn repair and keep our immune system happy, functioning, illness and disease free. When you are stressed and feel in a negative mind-set the neuropeptides produce unhealthy cells that depress your immune system that can lead to all sorts of health issues.

When you express gratitude for your life, you find a creative flow, you tend to fulfil your life’s purpose and start enjoying your work which makes you more productive. You feel less stressed, have the time to energise your body mentally, emotionally physically and spiritually and start to express love for yourself, your work and people around you.

Here are 10 ways to express gratitude;

  1. Meditating
  2. Deep Breathing
  3. Being present at work and in life’s precious moments
  4. Celebrate small and big wins
  5. Take a holiday and express gratitude for the experience
  6. Exercise and be thankful your body lets you
  7. Write a journal and be creative use paints or crayons to bring it to life
  8. 8.Create a vision board of your past achievements and what you anticipate for your future
  9. Show gratitude to people who challenge you
  10. Immerse yourself in nature and appreciate its beauty.

Take the challenge for 21 days, write 3 things that you are grateful for, in the journal write how you are feeling each day and notice your mood improve.

Stay Happy & Healthy,

Sonia Petersen