It's National Stationery Week and today is #ThankYouThursday. So now is the perfect time to reflect upon all things we are thankful for, from the family and friends we hold dear to the small things, like the nice job and the holiday just booked. And whilst it’s always nice to express thanks in person, writing down all the things we are grateful for comes with many benefits and where better to take note than in your journal or notebook.
Gratitude therapy techniques are not only used to fill the pages of your journal but can also help improve your self-satisfaction, happiness and your physical health.
The idea of gratitude therapy is based on turning your focus from the negative to the positive. Focusing on being grateful for the things you do have - no matter how big or small and not thinking about your anxieties, the things you don’t have or the things that haven’t quite gone to plan. What’s great is that there is no correct way to undertake gratitude therapy. Many people interpret it in their own way. But, in case you’re struggling to put pen to paper here are a few ideas to get you started.
At the end of each day you could try writing down all the things that you have felt grateful for. This could be as simple as someone making you a cup of tea, holding the door open for you or a message from a friend asking how you are. Sometimes, it’s the small things we forget and take for granted. Why not use your journal to express how thankful you are. Writing your thoughts down can quite often be a much easier way to express your thanks and spark your memory to tell people that you appreciate all the things they do which make your life better.
Showing gratitude towards others can not only make you feel great about yourself, but gives a boost to those you are giving thanks to. It’s always nice to know that your efforts have been appreciated and encourages repeat behaviour as everyone likes to feel valued.
Also, if we look at the science behind gratitude therapy it has been proven to show that individuals who presented gratitude had less depression, anxiety and slept better as a study in the Chicago Times revealed.
In addition to the psychological benefits it brings, significant physical health benefits were also shown through blood tests. It highlighted that those who were more grateful had lower levels of inflammation and a healthier heart.How about trying this for a couple of weeks and let us know if you were rewarded with the self-satisfaction and improved wellbeing. You never know, every day could become a Thank You Day.
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