It’s the time of year to share with others, and I want to share my love of a grateful heart. Being grateful is extremely important in our lives. In research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, he studied the effects of gratitude on physical and emotional health for over 10 years. Being grateful increases our well-being physically by lowering blood pressure, increasing our immune systems, decreasing aches and pains, and helping us sleep longer. It can also promote healing and dealing with a difficult situation.
Having a grateful heart not only makes our outlook more positive but also enables us to share more compassion and kindness. The effects psychologically include being more alert and feeling more positive emotions like joy and happiness. Being grateful makes us more forgiving, more outgoing, and less lonely or isolated.
How can we practice gratitude? Simple and basic acts like keeping a journal or taking a few minutes each day to recognize and think about what we are grateful for are all that is required. Keeping a gratitude journal where we regularly write brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful can significantly increase our well-being and life satisfaction. It doesn’t have to be a long post; it can be a paragraph on a moment with a pet, child, or a stranger in a store. Recognizing the small blessings God gives us through the food we eat, the flowers or squirrels in the yard and others in our world can result in countless benefits to our lives.
- Being grateful
- Spend quiet time in mindfulness.
- Read sacred texts for guidance and inspiration.
- Being grateful for small blessings you can record by word or image.
- Prayer and meditation
- Taking Images
I have made a PDF printable journal that you can download. I hope it helps you develop mindful moments of gratefulness.
If you are not keen on journaling but are an image person, I suggest making a Pinterest board on Gratitude. Collect gratitude photos on a special Pinterest Board. Make each image a moment of mindful thankfulness. See my board as an example My Gratitude Board . If you are uploading a lot of your family photos, you can make the board private where others cannot see it or read your thoughts.
May God make His face to shine upon you.