Find a New Perspective with a Gratitude Practice
Now that it’s November, you’ve probably seen different variations of a “gratitude challenge” or “30 days of gratitude” floating around on social media. Taking a moment each day to state – privately or publicly – what you’re grateful for has proven scientific benefits to the mind, body and spirit.
At Retreat in the Pines gratitude is part of everything we do – from each yoga practice to our outdoor Gratitude Meditation to our Gratitude Brunch (where guests take turns sharing what they’re grateful for) and of course our community of strong women. Discover gratitude as part of our retreat community.
Practicing gratitude is an excellent way to maintain both psychological and physical health beyond the month of November.
Benefits of a Daily Gratitude Practice
- Better physical health.According to a recent study, people who are grateful report fewer aches and pains than other people. It also follows, they are more likely to maintain their physical health through activities like yoga or other exercise and annual well visits to the doctor.
- Better psychological health. Focusing on what you’re grateful for can reduce the experience of toxic emotions like anger, resentment, and regret. Research also suggests that gratitude increases feelings of happiness and reduces depression and anxiety.
- Better sleep. When you’re grateful, you’re able to sleep better at night. A general reduction in stress brought on by a shift toward gratitude for what you have (rather than longing for what you don’t) helps minimize feelings of anxiety and sadness, thereby allowing more restful sleep.
- Greater self-awareness. Gratitude allows you a better understanding of self by turning inward. By keeping a gratitude journal, you begin to dig deep and find something “new” to be grateful for each day. This peeling back the layers of self allows deeper insight into your inner workings.
There’s no right or wrong way to start a gratitude practice, but in the spirit of the season, the best time to start is now! Be kind to yourself as you begin the process; it might not happen every day, but over time you may find it’s part of your morning or evening routine. Whether you journal first thing in the morning to give you perspective on your day or to help you wind down in the evening, know that you’ll be rewarded with benefits that feed your mind, body and spirit.
A gratitude practice turns what you have into enough. With a gratitude practice you’ll notice a definite shift. In your perspective, in your relationships and in your life.