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The Power of Gratitude

Author: Krysia Boinis
The Power of Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is more than recognizing it’s good to be thankful for what you have. Science is now acknowledging what Sages and Mystics have known for eons:  That being in a state of gratitude is physically and psychologically transformative. When we embrace gratitude as a daily practice, we experience more vibrant health, peace of mind, and beautiful moments in our lives. 

Being thankful is a habit that becomes easier the more you do it. It’s about making a choice to focus your energy on noticing and acknowledging the good stuff. Start by being thankful for little things you’d miss if they were gone – like hot showers, singing birds, cool breeze, scent of fresh tomatoes, a favorite song, red lipstick, or colors of the sunset. Appreciating simple things eases resistance and allows you to notice even more good things; it retrains your mind to stay thankful and positive moment to moment throughout the day. You become more relaxed, happier and may even start to experience a flow state.


Transformative Benefits of Gratitude

1. Reduces Stress + Anxiety

When we feel grateful, our brain eases stress and anxiety by releasing a stream of mood enhancing compounds including dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. And … practicing gratitude consistently over time is shown to lessen symptoms even more.

2. Rewires Our Brain

Practicing gratitude activates our prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that processes positive experiences and feelings of reward. A thankfulness practice literally reshapes our brains with new neural pathways and increases our ability to experience positivity and it’s emotional benefits. The more you practice gratitude, the easier it becomes to enter a grateful state and feel good. 

 3. Supports Deeper Sleep

Restless thoughts can make falling asleep, and staying asleep, a challenge. Relaxing our minds before bed calms the nervous system and prepares us for restorative sleep and REM. According to Professor Robert Emmons, a leading expert in the psychology of gratitude, focusing on what we’re thankful for a few minutes before bed can give us an extra half hour of quality sleep.

 4. Boosts Immunity

Being thankful increases optimism. Immunology research at the University of Utah is finding that positivity boosts immunity (and decreases inflammation) by increasing disease-fighting red blood cells in the body. Gratefulness also supports lower cortisol levels which boosts immune function too. 

 5. Cultivates Mindfulness

It’s easy to get lost in the stress of daily life. The National Science Foundation reveals that about 80% of our 15,000 to 50,000 daily thoughts are negative. When we’re caught in negative thinking we forget about the present moment and all the good things around us. Developing the awareness of the beauty around us gives us a reason to be thankful in each moment and can help us be mindful with our words, thoughts and choices. 

 6. Happiness + Self Esteem

When we feel gratitude and see our life in a positive light, negative thoughts start to melt away. The more we practice acknowledging the good stuff, the easier it is to feel content, no matter what the situation is.  We accept that we’re worthy of happiness, love and joy. Self esteem and self worth blossom. And it’s contagious… gratitude benefits everyone around us. We become more generous and empathetic as we share our gratitude.



Ways to Practice Gratitude Now

○ Reflect on what you're grateful for 

○ Don't expect perfection

○ Forgive

○ Help someone else

○ Pick 3 times throughout the day to pause and consider 3 things you're thankful for

○ Express your gratitude directly to people in your life

○ Start a gratitude journal

○ Try a gratitude ritual like pausing before a meal to be thankful



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  • Nancy M on

    I am grateful each day that I wake up and am healthy. Health = Happiness! I try to keep this vessel that I’ve been given healthy by walking in nature, getting good nourishment, giving my skin good nourishment and healthy beauty, and by giving and receiving love.

  • A Smith on

    Great reminders! Looking forward to putting this into practice. Thanks Vapour!

  • Carolyn Miller on

    Such a fantastic message & much needed with the upcoming holiday season!! Thank you!!!

  • Tina V on

    This is so powerful and true! I have a great gratitude journal I write in every morning. Focus on your blessings!

  • Michelle on

    Thank you for this reminder on how to make us glow from the inside.

    Practicing gratitude is especially important during difficult times. Two other practices that I find helpful to deepen my gratitude are:
    1) The lesson that Mr. Rogers received from his mother: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people that are helping.”
    2) Pay attention when you catch yourself judging others and try to find opportunities for practicing compassion. You do not know all that the other person is going through, and even though you consider an action harmful, it does not make the person themselves “bad.”

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