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Five Reasons to Start a Gratitude Practice

You may have seen all the November Gratitude Challenges popping up all over social media lately.

While you should practice gratitude each and every day throughout the year, the holiday season especially seems to be a time where people are cognizant of it.

If you’ve listened The Bitchin’ Yogis Podcast, you would know that we begin each episode with a “bitch of the day” followed up by something we are grateful for. The “bitch” isn’t meant to spread negativity, but inspire you to feel your feelings. It is way too often that we suppress them, bottle them up, and then they come out in some of the most negative ways possible.

That’s why we are doing a more unique challenge on Instagram starting next week (11/13)!!

BYOK is giving away these AMAZING beauty boxes full of so many products and items I love and use all the time! Also, check out our feature on her blog.

Mazi Trading Company makes the MOST gorgeous custom-made yoga towels and are giving those away.

Sun Lovin’ Roots is a popular yoga apparel company giving away something amazing!

 

We will have 3 top winners so participate each day, following all the rules, and you will be entered to win!

In the beginning of episode 10 of our podcast Kristin (check out her blog and Instagram) went over a lot of the science behind why you want to include a gratitude practice in your daily life. I am going to break down some of that and hopefully inspire you to join us this Tuesday!

 

1.Gratitude lifts your mood

It is really, really easy to focus on the negatives day in and day out. Trust me, it is how I used to live my life. Complaining and feeling like I was owed something. Wow, no wonder I was so miserable! Shifting my perspective to focus on the gratitude I can find in the shitty situations (or just in my life in general) when things aren’t all rainbows and sunshine has really helped me lead a happier life.

Know someone in your life that focuses on the negative or is always down about something? Motivate them to try this!

 

2. Grateful people sleep better

I spoke a lot about the importance of sleep, and how to sleep better in this post … and Kristin informed me that a gratitude practice is another way to get a better sound sleep! Who knew? Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.

 

3. Grateful People are Healthier Physically & Mentally

Many people report feeling better both mentally and physically when including the practice of gratitude in their lives. The only way to find out if it will work for you is to try it! It makes sense that thinking about the good in your life will reduce feelings of sadness, which may in turn motivate you to take better care of your body. I know when I am feeling down I hurt everywhere, including my muscles and joints. Anything that makes me feel good in the inside usually reflects good feelings on the outside as well.

 

4.  Gratitude Improves Self-Esteem.

Another thing Kristin spoke about in the podcast was how gratitude helps to make you feel better about yourself. I have definitely found this to be true.

She shared facts about a 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, which found that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem,  an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs, which is a major factor in reduced self esteem, grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

 

5. Gratitude Makes You A Better Friend/Partner

Playing off the last one, when you feel better about yourself you can be a better friend or partner (or both).  When you feel better about yourself, combined with focusing on gratitude for your relationships, it will help you to better appreciate those connections and enjoy those relationships. Too often we think about how others are wronging us, or offending us, or what they owe us (without even realizing we are doing it), that is causes so much hurt and strain. Feel your feelings, work things out, and show appreciation, even during tough times, to help keep those connections strong.

According to a study in the journal Personal RelationshipsThe Telegraph reported on the study, which showed that journaling about the thoughtful things your partner did was linked with a beneficial outcome on the relationship.

 

Will you join us this week?

Have a great weekend! See you on Instagram!

XO

-Laury

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