WELLNESS: Gratitude=Better Attitude. Improve your life by starting a ‘gratitude journal’

Published: November 19, 2012

Consider starting a ‘gratitude journal.’ Submitted photo

GLYNNIS OSHER
VANCOUVER DESI

We can change our entire outlook on life by simply having gratitude.

Transform your mental and even your physical and emotional health by starting a morning gratitude journal. By writing down, whispering quietly or including in your morning chanting, prayers or singing in the shower what you are grateful for, you can say thanks in many ways.

List at least one thing you have gratitude for each morning and you will find a dozen more things to be grateful for popping up like Rice Crispies cereal in your brain.

If you do this on a daily basis you may just find that not only do you look forward to each moment and your mental health will improve dramatically but you could potentially feel great 95 per cent of the time.

In one study on gratitude, Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California at Davis and his colleague, Mike McCullough at the University of Miami, randomly assigned participants to one of three groups.

Each week, the participants kept a short journal. One group briefly described five things they were grateful for that had occurred in the past week, a second group recorded daily hassles from the previous week that displeased them, and the neutral group was asked to list five events or circumstances that affected them – but they were not told whether to focus on the positive or on the negative.

Ten weeks later, participants in the gratitude group felt better about their lives as a whole and were a full 25 per cent happier than the hassled group. They reported fewer health complaints, and exercised an average of 1.5 hours more.

Imagine!

And not only that, these participants also found they were more generous and kinder to others. Give it a try.

With fragrant blessings of health,
Spice Mistress Glynnis

Glynnis Osher is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and practices and teaches the Indian Head Massage in Vancouver.She is also founder and CEO of The Mystic Masala Aromatherapy.

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