Writing in a gratitude journal on a daily basis will help to improve your overall outlook on life. While we normally associate being grateful with just feeling more positive and upbeat, there are actually many physical, psychological and social benefits from making gratitude a practice.
In his article entitled Why Gratitude Is Good, psychologist Robert Emmons determined these thirteen benefits were experienced by the more than one thousand participants in his study.
- Stronger immune systems
- Less bothered by aches and pains
- Lower blood pressure
- Exercise more and take better care of their health
- Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- More alert, alive, and awake
- More joy and pleasure
- More optimism and happiness
- More helpful, generous, and compassionate
- More forgiving
- More outgoing
- Feel less lonely and isolated
Being grateful requires you to acknowledge the support and affirmation from other people in your life. Focusing on the good in your life causes you to accept that there IS good in this world and helps you to realize where that goodness comes from.
What other simple daily action can cause so much positive benefit in your life? By spending only five minutes a day writing in your gratitude journal, you can see major changes in your life and the lives of others that you interact with.