Hi there my beautiful lovelies! I hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Today I will talk to you about the intentions for gratitude. Let us begin the journey of gratitude affirmations Intentions.
According to Dr. Summer Allen of Barkley University, most people have an instinctive understanding
of what gratitude is, but it can be surprisingly difficult to define. Dr. Allen states that researchers have developed some frameworks for conceptualizing gratitude so that it can be studied scientifically.
Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough define gratitude as a two-step process: 1) “recognizing that one has obtained a positive outcome” and 2) “recognizing that there is an external source for this positive outcome. ”While most of these positive benefits come from other people—hence gratitude’s reputation as an “other-oriented” emotion—people can also experience gratitude toward God, fate, nature, etc.
The Origins Of Gratitude Research suggests that gratitude is not simply a cultural construct. It has deep roots that are embedded in our evolutionary history, our brains and DNA, and in child development.
Benefits of Gratitude
Research suggests that gratitude may be associated with many benefits for individuals, including
better physical and psychological health, increased happiness and life satisfaction, decreased materialism, and more. Research also shows that gratitude may be one of the most powerful ways of boosting happiness. A 2009 study from National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even found that our hypothalamus (the part of our brain that regulates several bodily functions) is activated when we feel gratitude or are kind to others. This means, essentially, gratitude helps us function.
When we feel grateful, we’re also rewarded with a hit of dopamine – a feel-good chemical. This encourages us to do it again and again, so once you start, it’s easy to keep the habit up.
- Makes us happier: Robert Emmons has found through his work and multiple studies that gratitude does indeed increase happiness and reduce feelings of depression. Gratitude has also been found to reduce other negative emotions, including envy, resentment and even regret.
- Reduces stress: Gratitude has been found to help us regulate our emotions better, and this is an integral part of managing stress. Looking at participants’ heart rates before, during and after practicing gratitude, a 2017 study published in Scientific Reports found that heart rates decreased. Our heart rate decreasing is linked to us feeling calmer, so it’s easy to see the link here.
- Improves self-esteem: It turns out thinking about what we’re thankful for can help us feel better about ourselves. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology looked into the effect practicing gratitude had on athletes and found it increased their self-esteem. It’s also been found that those who are grateful more often tend to appreciate other people’s accomplishments more, rather than comparing.
- Makes us more resilient: Resilience is a key component of our mental well-being and gratitude could play a role here too. As well as reducing stress, gratitude may help us overcome trauma. A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that war veterans who felt higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Helps us sleep better: Ending your day on a positive note could help you sleep better and for longer. A 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being found that all it takes is 15 minutes of writing about what you’re grateful for to have a positive impact on your sleep.
- Improves physical health: Those who practice gratitude have been found to exercise more regularly and get check-ups more often. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences found that these people also experience fewer aches and pains and generally feel healthier than those who do not practice gratitude.
“Gratitude frees us from emotional pain.”Jane Ransom
“If you want to feel more emotional joy, choose gratitude.”Jane Ransom
“When you practice gratitude, you change yourself. And when you change yourself, you change the world.”Jane Ransom
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