Gratitude – The ability to cope with the challenges of life while appreciating its beauty.
Did you know that spending just five minutes a day being grateful can increase your long-term happiness and well-being by 10%? In fact, practising the power of gratitude enhances satisfaction by the same amount as doubling your income. Furthermore, gratitude can also improve our health, emotional state, relational well-being as well as our personality and career.
With an increased focus on positive psychology, many studies have been conducted on gratitude. The results of which have been staggering. Research proves that gratitude can make you happier, more sociable, healthier, emotionally stronger, less self-centred and in addition, can even improve sleep.
By taking little time to practice, being completely free and, importantly, offers a wealth of benefits, is it time for you to inject the power of gratitude into your life?
What is gratitude?
Gratitude has a number of different definitions. It is a term often used in religious texts and throughout history. However, positive psychologists define the term scientifically, who believe the meaning of gratitude needs to have the ability to be measurable for the purpose of research.
Since there are many definitions available, you can find the one that works best for your beliefs and lifestyle. For most, being grateful is an emotion that enables you to appreciate and be thankful while gratitude is the habit that allows you to harness for gratefulness for the betterment of yourself and others.
How to harness the power of gratitude
Many of my clients want to find the ways that they can improve their happiness by taking control. So often, we rely on other people for our happiness. However, by focusing on what you are personally grateful for, you have the power of gratitude. With this, you can focus on the things that are important to you and therefore make the necessary positive changes in your life.
Here are just a few examples of what I recommend for my clients to try;
A gratitude journal is a space where you can reflect on three positive experiences that happen each day. This can be completed using a specific phone app, on your computer or in a notebook. In one study, completing a gratitude journal for just two weeks found increasing positivity lasting for up to six months.
Gratitude meditation is where you can train your mind to be aware of positivity and happiness. Take the time to sit quietly and focus on your breathing. You can then open your mind to the sensations you are experiencing. Then, you can think about what you are most grateful for in the present moment. Practising meditation and mindfulness brings many other benefits as well as helping you to enhance your gratitude.
If you are grateful to someone or something, then why keep it to yourself? One study shows that people who called someone to say thank you, increase their happiness by 19%. Furthermore, it also makes the other person feel good too. So, if someone makes your day brighter, say thank you. In return, you will be even happier and consequently, their positivity will increase also.
Need help practising your gratitude?
During my hypnotherapy sessions, I also include a range of therapies such as NLP and meditation so that clients receive the maximum benefit and leave my clinic feeling energised and empowered.
If you want to harness the potential of your gratitude and see the benefits for yourself, then book a hypnotherapy session with me. Together, we can work out a bespoke therapy plan that can help you to increase your gratitude and feel happier and healthier. Get started today by arranging your free 15-minute consultation by calling 0207 971 7677.
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