5 WAYS TO IMPROVE WELLNESS THROUGH GRATITUDE

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5 WAYS TO IMPROVE WELLNESS THROUGH GRATITUDE

“Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.” ~M.J. Ryan

 

According to UCDavis, wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. It has also been found that grateful individuals experience more positive emotions, are more satisfied with life, and experience fewer negative emotions including depression, anxiety and envy. 

 

Many studies show that practicing gratitude provides us with a sense of overall well-being. It can also reduce depression and anxiety, lower our risk of disease, and flood the brain with feel-good chemicals like serotonin.

In his research, Robert Emmons, Ph.D, the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits that may include a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, more optimism and happiness, be more forgiving, outgoing, and may feel less lonely and isolated. 

Here are five ways to build gratitude into your life:

 

1. Keep a gratitude journal

Reflect on the good things that are happening in your life first thing in the morning and again before bed. This will not only calm you; it will also help you sleep better.

Keeping a gratitude journal can help you gain a new perspective of what is important to you and what you truly appreciate in your life. Consider reflecting on the good things that are happening in your life on a daily basis. We do have a wonderful Gratitude Guided Journal available in the shop. This journal helps you record your favorite moments and practice daily gratitude with simple writing prompts for the morning and evening.

2. Reach out to say ‘thanks’

We all have someone who makes our lives better in some way. Call that person up or write them a letter to share how much they mean to you. It will make that person’s day (and yours, too).

 

Don't underestimate the power of saying "thank you". Take time to pick up the phone, write a letter, send an email, to a acquaintance, family member, friend, or colleague to express your appreciation. And if possible, consider sending them a gift. At Cool Beans Box, we have several goods and gifts that will definitely make their day.

 

3. Support a great cause

Studies show that altruism improves well-being, health and longevity. To get those feel-good benefits, write a check to your favorite charity, volunteer for an organization you believe in, or help a neighbor or loved one with a task like grocery shopping. It will help you as much as it helps them.

 

To get those feel-good benefits, consider giving back to the community by donating to your favorite charity, volunteering, or assisting a neighbor, family, friend with grocery shopping or other task. VolunteerMatch is an U.S.-based nonprofit organization where you can find volunteer opportunities.

 

4. Eat mindfully

Your brain needs 20 minutes to register that your stomach is full. So eat slowly. Be aware of, and savor, your meals. Mindful eating is a potent tool for losing weight, improving your metabolism and cultivating gratitude.

Mindful eating is a powerful tool to gain control of your eating habits. It can cause weight loss, reduce binge eating and make you feel better. So eat slowly. Be aware of, and savor, your meals. Harvard Medical School provides additional guidance on 8 steps to mindful eating.

 

5. ‘Take five'

Before you eat — or whenever you’re stressed out — try this simple one-minute technique to better metabolize your food and lower your stress hormones: Take five breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Slowly count to 5 on each in-breath and out-breath.

 

Breathing is so so powerful, y'all!  Try this simple one-minute technique to better metabolize your food and lower your stress hormones:

  • Take five breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.
  • Slowly count to 5 on each in-breath and out-breath.

 

 Do you have more ways to build gratitude? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Micaela Elizondo
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