G – Gratitude + O – OPENNESS + O – OPPORTUNITY + D – DETERMINATION
EMBRACE THE G – O – O – D
It is so important to be grateful for the things we have and the people we have in our lives everyday. The Inspire Turns 2 birthday ride on Sunday left us filled with so much love for our community and the people who ride with us everyday. Here are 7 surprising ways gratitude works wonders for your wellbeing:
1. Can improve your sleep
Research shows that feeling grateful can improve your sleep quality and help you sleep for longer – the saying “count blessings, not sheep” is true. By having positive thoughts about your life in your head before you sleep, you soothe the nervous system, giving you a lasting and peaceful sleep. Scientists recommend writing a daily gratitude list write before bed.
2. Helps ease depression
By thinking of 3 good things that happened in your life daily, you can dramatically improve your overall happiness and can lessen feelings of depression.
3. Gives you lasting happiness
Sometimes it’s the little things that bring happiness into your day. If you regularly take time to express gratitude and thankfulness, moments of instant gratification will last longer. According to research “Gratitude is something that leads to much more sustainable forms of happiness, because its not based on immediate gratification, it’s a frame of mind.”
4. Improves your relationship
Studies show that people who actively take time to express gratitude to their partners feel more positive towards them and more comfortable with them. When your partner expresses gratitude to you in turn, you feel more connected and more satisfied emotionally with the relationship. Appreciation is listed as one of the most important factors in a long marriage, so remember to show some gratitude!
5. Can help your heart
Expressing G-O-O-D actually is good for your health in a physical sense! Feelings of gratitude are beneficial in treating hypertension and reducing the likelihood of heart failure and coronary artery disease. It also helps blood pressure levels. A healthy mind leads to a healthy heart.
6. Helps your work
A little bit of gratitude goes a long way. According to a study, when employees hear gratitude from their employers, they feel motivation to work harder and have more satisfaction with their work life.
7. Strengthens your emotion
Expressing gratitude can help reduce feelings of envy, making our memories more positive and letting us experience good feelings. By feeling more grateful for what we have, we spend less time thinking about what we don’t have, which helps us reduce feelings of stress.
Love + Light