Switch your Mood with Gratitude

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Liz Barker
November 2, 2020
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Man in nature in winter grateful

Ok you might be like what now and what for! Everything pretty damn sucks right now! Can’t go places, see your friends and family...the list is long. I decided to post this today as everyone is feeling the weight of lockdown 2.0 starting this week. Well I want to put a spin on things and explain to you how you can use gratitude to change things for yourself this lockdown.

Research shows gratitude improves physical and mental health. A 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences showed people who practiced gratitude had less physical pain and illness and grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kindly, A study in 2014 published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, an essential component to optimal performance.

Gratitude is a powerful source of inspiration and we can all tap into it. So the obvious question... how do you practice gratitude, especially now, given the lack of motivation that we may all be feeling? The best way is to write it down. You can grab a notepad, use an app or buy a gratitude diary. Spend a few minutes a day writing down 3 things you are grateful for. You can do this in the morning to help set you up with a positive mindset for the day or at night. According to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer. It doesn’t need to be big things. In fact a lot of the time it's about appreciating the small things in life, the things we all take for granted. Water to drink, food to eat and a roof over your head for example. Think of all the things and the people that bring a smile to your face. By writing it down you are creating positive energy which has the power to create that positive energy within you and your mind.

Taking a few moments to acknowledge all that you have, giving thanks can transform your life. Post below what you are grateful for today.