Being grateful seems like a harmless Thanksgiving Day ritual, right? But really, it’s a dangerous state of mind. Gratitude KILLS! It kills self pity. It kills jealousy. It kills bitterness. And it kills regret. It’s kind of like Raid…gratitude kills negative thoughts – dead!
Gratitude is one of the most fastest acting tools for personal transformation. People keeping a GRATITUDE JOURNAL are more optimistic and feel happier. Their family and friends notice they are nicer to be around. They report fewer physical problems and spend more time working out.
Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.
No matter what negative state you find yourself in, no matter how bad things seem, the simple act of writing things down that you are grateful for will instantly change your mood. And if you do it consistently, it will totally transform your life. Gratitude is better than any pill you can pick up at a pharmacy…it’s a NATURAL mood enhancer! No dry mouth, no constipation, no hot dog fingers. The only side effects of writing in a Gratitude Journal are:
“Gratitude is more than just feeling good,” says Nathan DeWall, who led a study at Kentucky. “It helps people become less aggressive by enhancing their empathy. “It’s an equal-opportunity emotion. Anyone can experience it and benefit from it, even the most crotchety uncle at the Thanksgiving dinner table.”
What are you most grateful for? Write it down in a Gratitude Journal!