Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

Posted Nov 8, 2021

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What are you thankful for? Gratitude is vital to a happy life.  It is good for your body, your mind and your relationships. Studies show that some of the benefits of an attitude of gratitude are:

Physical:

  • Improved sleep
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger immune system

Psychological:

  • More joy, happiness and pleasure
  • Increased ability to deal with stress
  • A sense of meaning and purpose

Social:

  • Feel less lonely and isolated
  • Enhanced ability to forgive and to feel helpful, generous and compassionate
  • Others want to spend time with you because you are a pleasure to be with.

Feeling grateful does not mean you ignore the negative parts of life; it means you find the good in life despite obstacles and challenges. With practice, feeling grateful can become a habit.

Learn to be more grateful

There are easy and effective steps you can take in order to learn to adopt an attitude of gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal—write down three things you are grateful for daily.
  • Make a gratitude visit by writing and delivering a letter of gratitude to a friend or family member.
  • Intentionally look for positive outcomes.
  • Say “thank you”.
  • Smile.
  • Find humor in unlikely places.
  • Think about a difficult time in your life and how you moved through it.
  • Not everything is personal. Look for the big picture and consider that whatever is going on may not have anything to do with you.
  • Think about what is going right in your life.
  • Be a student of life. Failure can be a wonderful growth and learning opportunity.
By Liz Gray, Military OneSource

What are you thankful for? Gratitude is vital to a happy life.  It is good for your body, your mind and your relationships. Studies show that some of the benefits of an attitude of gratitude are:

Physical:

  • Improved sleep
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger immune system

Psychological:

  • More joy, happiness and pleasure
  • Increased ability to deal with stress
  • A sense of meaning and purpose

Social:

  • Feel less lonely and isolated
  • Enhanced ability to forgive and to feel helpful, generous and compassionate
  • Others want to spend time with you because you are a pleasure to be with.

Feeling grateful does not mean you ignore the negative parts of life; it means you find the good in life despite obstacles and challenges. With practice, feeling grateful can become a habit.

Learn to be more grateful

There are easy and effective steps you can take in order to learn to adopt an attitude of gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal—write down three things you are grateful for daily.
  • Make a gratitude visit by writing and delivering a letter of gratitude to a friend or family member.
  • Intentionally look for positive outcomes.
  • Say “thank you”.
  • Smile.
  • Find humor in unlikely places.
  • Think about a difficult time in your life and how you moved through it.
  • Not everything is personal. Look for the big picture and consider that whatever is going on may not have anything to do with you.
  • Think about what is going right in your life.
  • Be a student of life. Failure can be a wonderful growth and learning opportunity.
By Liz Gray, Military OneSource

What are you thankful for? Gratitude is vital to a happy life.  It is good for your body, your mind and your relationships. Studies show that some of the benefits of an attitude of gratitude are:

Physical:

  • Improved sleep
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger immune system

Psychological:

  • More joy, happiness and pleasure
  • Increased ability to deal with stress
  • A sense of meaning and purpose

Social:

  • Feel less lonely and isolated
  • Enhanced ability to forgive and to feel helpful, generous and compassionate
  • Others want to spend time with you because you are a pleasure to be with.

Feeling grateful does not mean you ignore the negative parts of life; it means you find the good in life despite obstacles and challenges. With practice, feeling grateful can become a habit.

Learn to be more grateful

There are easy and effective steps you can take in order to learn to adopt an attitude of gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal—write down three things you are grateful for daily.
  • Make a gratitude visit by writing and delivering a letter of gratitude to a friend or family member.
  • Intentionally look for positive outcomes.
  • Say “thank you”.
  • Smile.
  • Find humor in unlikely places.
  • Think about a difficult time in your life and how you moved through it.
  • Not everything is personal. Look for the big picture and consider that whatever is going on may not have anything to do with you.
  • Think about what is going right in your life.
  • Be a student of life. Failure can be a wonderful growth and learning opportunity.
By Liz Gray, Military OneSource

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