Health Benefits of Gratitude

Rick Foster and Greg Hicks set out on a three-journey to study extremely happy people. In their book “How We Choose to be Happy”, they are found that there are nine choices happy people make. One of those nine is to practice appreciation.

Happy people actively exercise gratitude and choose to live with attitude of gratitude. They don’t buy into what geneticists say, that we have an unmoveable “happiness set-point”. The happiest people, according to behaviourists, can move beyond the biological set point through practices such as your Bonfire hot yoga classes and gratitude meditation. In fact, many studies suggest that gratitude can bring a positive mindset.

This means that by learning to practice active gratitude, we can actually raise out “happiness set point”, regardless of the situation.

Who else knew what brings about lasting happiness, no matter the circumstance?

The mystic Rumi suggests the answer when he says, “Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible”. The invisible world is within you it’s where lasting happiness resides.

Besides a higher happiness set point, other benefits of gratitude include:

Feeling more connected (less lonely)
Stronger immune system
Improved emotional equilibrium
Better sleep
Increased energy
More confidence in ourselves
Deeper relaxation
We are more attractive
Increased creativity
Easier bounce back from difficulty

So today, make a point to tap into your invisible world through gratitude practice. You already have everything you need. Or as Joseph Campbell cites from a Polynesian saying, “We are standing on a whale, fishing for minnows”.

What you are looking for – what we are all looking for – is as close as our invisible world of the self. Happiness is the whale right under your feet.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

Gratitude Self-Work

Studies prove this exercise increases a sense of well being ten per cent. Try it and find for yourself!

For an entire month, maintain a gratitude journal. Every morning, start your day with a simple gratitude meditation about 3-10 things you are grateful for both big and small. Simply jot down the little moments of grace that happen effortlessly in your life.

You will be amazed at how these small blessings cultivate a beautiful “just right” abundance of love and joy.

Make the whole month about giving thanks, not just one day.

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