Today we get grateful.
Gratitude is a classic self-care suggestion, with good reason.
According to UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, regularly expressing gratitude (the quality of being thankful and readiness to show appreciation) literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). A gratitude practice can encompass all of these meanings.
Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, both tangible and intangible, as well as an opportunity to acknowledge what's good in their life. In the process of doing this, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies (at least partially) outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
In an article from Psychology Today, author Amy Morin shares seven scientifically proven benefits:
Self-Care September Day 2: Make A Gratitude List
Challenge yourself to acknowledge as many things as you can today for which you are grateful - maybe that's three things or ten things or 100 things. Maybe you set an hourly alert on your phone and add to your list as the day progresses. Maybe before you go to bed you play the game of "what if I wake up tomorrow with only the things I express gratitude for today?"
However you decide to proceed, the point is to dig in and get grateful.
Thank you for being here - I am grateful for you!
I love you and I'll see you real soon!
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