Giving, Gratitude

Gratitude and Giving

Did you know that gratitude and giving actually improve your health?  Really.  There have been studies done and they all show that people are much more likely to sleep better, have stronger marriages, are kinder and are in general more positive people.
Gratitude and giving go hand in hand.  Giving makes you less selfish and that benefits the greater good.  Give and then give thanks for what you have.  Because it is hard to not be thankful when you are giving to those who are in lesser positions than yourself.
There are a million ways you can give back and show thanks for what we have.  One of the best things you can do is take 5 minutes to look back on your day and figure out what has made you smile, what made your day lighter, what gave you strength to face the challenges.
Giving doesn’t always have to be a monetary thing – it can be an action.  It can be a prayer or a thought or a gift we give someone.  It can be something that no one even sees or has knowledge of, or it can be something that people see within you.  Giving can be a smile or an acknowledgement of the hard times someone is going through.  It can be a shared moment where we simply give someone a hug or show kindness.
Gratitude is a feeling of happiness that comes when you express appreciation. Those who practice gratitude regularly take time to notice and reflect on things they are most thankful for.
Practicing gratitude daily allows you to have more positive emotions, feel more alive. Sleep better, express compassion, kindness and it even has health benefits, like a stronger immune system.
How can you have more gratitude in your daily life?
-Spend time with loved ones.
-Realize that money doesn’t buy happiness.
-Keep a journal.
-Document your wins.
-Volunteer.
-Serve others.
-Cultivate a healthy lifestyle.
-Read books.
-Learn to say thank you.
A way to combat the discontentment we often feel due to social media and other life circumstances is to focus on gratitude. To focus on serving others. To appreciate the small things in life and the people in our lives instead of focus in on the things we don’t have in our lives.

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