Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life by literally changing brain function. It’s true. Attitude can make you happy or unhappy, satisfied or unsatisfied, and can even help your immune system fight off disease. That isn’t to say that if you are prayerful all day long you will not get sick. It doesn’t work that way. Harvard Health research, however, shows that gratitude is one of the simplest ways of feeling better.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life even when there is so much trauma and hurt

Here’s the science of the benefits of feeling grateful no matter how difficult or painful your situation. You’ll sleep better. One study showed that after just two weeks of keeping a gratitude diary two or three times a week, increased optimism and positivity helped people sleep easier. You are certain to have better relationships. Yes, our loved ones and partners are often annoying, but when we actively feel grateful for the wonderful things they bring to us, you are more likely to chat about your day and enjoy each other. A spouse who unexpectedly completes a task needs a pat on the back. That’s gratitude in action. Read more.

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Haley Laferney
Haley Laferney is the Graphic Designer at Reach Out Recovery and a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. She is also a gold and silver ADDY award winner.

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