Are you taking gratitude for granted?
America has been branded as the land of opportunity. The place where anyone can make it. Where you can always be, do and have more, but this continuous cycle of more, more, more comes at a cost.
When is enough, enough?
Materially speaking, Americans may have it better than someone in a third world country who earns less than $1,000 a year but having more money doesn’t mean we’re more satisfied with life. It’s estimated 10% of Americans are depressed, 50% of marriages end in divorce, and 70% of Americans hate their job – which explains why there’s a tremendous need to look beyond our current circumstances.
A Call for Gratitude
Expressing gratitude isn’t saying you’ll never desire, earn or achieve more. Gratitude isn’t even about accepting life’s average to negative attributes. Being grateful is a mini celebration of the good stuff in life.
A happier and healthier you easily starts with a feeling of gratitude. Journaling your gratitude for as little as three weeks has been shown to improve physical, psychological and social well-being.
In the research of happiness, gratitude has been shown to be associated with positive emotions, mental alertness, better relationships and improvements in health.
Giving Thanks Leads People To
Have stronger immune systems
Express more joy, optimism and happiness
Feel less lonely and isolated
Exercise more regularly
Have improved sleep
Feel more alert, alive and awake
Express more generosity and compassion for others
Be more forgiving of others
A gratitude journal is in the Eat, Move, Think Workbook.