There are countless studies showing that feeling grateful for something significantly enhances mood levels and boosts the immune system, and even though we’re British and therefore like to complain about things a lot, we’re always up for trying to improve our minds and bodies.
When you’re lying in bed in the evening or waking up in the morning, what are the things you first think about? It’s likely these thoughts are full of worry and stress about what happened that day or what might happen the next. Writing a gratitude list is a little like having a short evening or morning meditation practice; it focuses the mind for a period of time, and you’re likely to finish feeling a lot better and more relaxed.
Give it a try:
When you wake up in the morning, write down 5 things you’re grateful for having in your life. They could be as simple as having a roof over your head or a bed to sleep in, or they could be related to your recent work promotion or relationships.
When you go to bed at night, write down 5 thing you’re grateful for that happened that day. Again, they could be as simple as ‘not getting stuck in traffic’, or they could be linked to a great conversation you had with someone new.
Do this for a month and notice the difference in how you feel, and how much brighter life looks.