Starting on December 1st, Live More Awesome is teaming up with our friends at the Women’s Collective to bring you #25daysofgratitude.
Gratitude is a cornerstone to mental health and happiness and something that most of us don’t pay enough attention to. This time of year is busy and a time of rampant consumerism that can push us over the edge which makes it the perfect situation to take a little bit of time each day in order to make sure we look at what really matters in our lives.
The practical benefits of gratitude have been written about for centuries and positive psychology has been talking about it since the late 50’s.
Scientists are finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
- Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
- Higher levels of positive emotions;
- More joy, optimism, and happiness;
- Acting with more generosity and compassion;
- Feeling less lonely and isolated.
So here’s what we’re going to do:
Simply write down three good things that happened in your day, each day.
It is important to create a physical record of your items by writing them down; it is not enough simply to do this exercise in your head. The items can be relatively small in importance (e.g., “my co-worker made the coffee today”) or relatively large (e.g., “I earned a big promotion”). To make this exercise part of your daily routine, some find that writing before bed is helpful.
We’re going to be making one post for the first 25 days of December, feel free to use that space as a place to write your three.
It’s a crazy time of year people, LOOK AFTER YOURSELF!