5 Ways Gratitude Affects YOUR Body & Mind

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Written by: Lindsay Sibson

Hey YOU – yes YOU!

Stop what you are doing and take a moment or two to think about all you like, love and are grateful for.

Not only will you immediately feel more present and happy, but you will also be doing your brain and body some good!

5 Ways Gratitude Affects YOUR Body & Brain

Stronger Immunity
Creates Peaceful & Calm Feelings
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Can help improve the duration and quality of your sleep
    • Make a nightly list of things you are grateful for before going to bed each night
Protects Your Heart
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Lowers your heart rate variability
  • Recalling what you are grateful for leads to a healthier heart
Improves Relationships
  • Induces pro-social behavior
  • Raises positivity and appreciation
  • Can help you make friends
  • Deepens your connections with others
Psychological Benefits
  • Helps lower the risk of depression
  • Improves self esteem
  • Enhances mental resilience
  • Reduces toxic emotions such as greed, anger, envy and resentment

WHAT To Be Grateful For

Even on our darkest and toughest days there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. For those days when you need a gentle reminder, refer to this list to help you recall ALL there is to be grateful for right NOW:

Friends Family Good health Weekends
Eyesight Breathing A home Pets
Sunshine Your bed Learning Reading
Clean air Water Love Art
Parents Transportation Sunsets Holidays
Your mind Entertainment Electricity Hearing
Clothing Internet Modern science Nature

How To Be Grateful

You can train your brain to become stronger at having an attitude of gratitude by performing consistent actions that let YOU and others know how grateful you are.

Embrace these simple practices today to immediately start strengthening your “gratitude muscle”:

A Daily List
  • Make a list and write down things you are grateful for
    • Make them special and specific for that day
  • To set the tone for your day, write your list first thing  in the morning
    • Revisit the list and add a few items before you go to sleep
    • Will help you stay cheerful and positive
Acts Of Kindness
  • Doing small, un-noticed, good deeds each day
    • Boosts your natural tendency to be grateful
    • Helps you look for the good in any situation
Gratitude Letters
  • Thank your friends and family for their influence on  your life by writing letters to them
    • Detail the reasons why you are grateful for them

THANK YOU for taking the time to read this article and share your gratitude with our community in the comment section below!


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Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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