Five Proven Benefits of Practising Gratitude
Welcome to ‘The Gift of Wellness’ a series of blog posts about how incorporating wellness into your gifts can make your gifts not only luxurious and special, but beneficial for the recipient. Each week, we’ll be looking at a different wellness & self-care theme and how we went about curating our Signature Range of Self Care gift boxes.
Today, we’re looking into the act of expressing gratitude, and the benefits this can have on our mental and physical health.
Why is the act of practising gratitude so important?
It is easy to get carried away with the routine of daily life and get lost in our, sometimes negative, thoughts particularly in the midst of a global pandemic when we feel out of control of many aspects of our life.
The thing about practising gratitude is that it seems easy enough to be able to show it to others around us, such as by sending gifts or simply just saying thank you to someone who has helped us. But it seems that we can sometimes struggle with practising gratitude for ourselves. We often forget to take a moment to focus on the positive things we have to be grateful for, no matter how small.
A great way to incorporate positivity back into our life and make it a routine is to have a gratitude journal. Starting this practice doesn’t need to be overwhelming or time consuming, in fact this exercise can be as simple as writing down 3-5 things you are grateful for in a journal a few times a week.
Five proven benefits of practising gratitude:
Studies have shown that practising gratitude is hugely beneficial to many aspects of both mental and physical health. Here are five benefits of practising gratitude:
1) It shows you the positive in every day
When things are tough it can be so hard to see through the fog and focus on what is positive around you. However, if you have a reason to focus on the good things, then you are much more likely to look out for them. Keeping a gratitude journal will show you the things that you should be thankful for, which in turn will make you more optimistic and ready to banish those negative feelings that can creep in from time to time.
Read more about staying positive with our blog on positivity.
2) It increases empathy and reduces aggression
Writing down things you are grateful for shifts attention away from toxic emotions such as resentment and envy. Especially when expressing how grateful you are to others and how other people have had a positive impact on your life, it becomes considerably harder for you to focus on your negative experiences and brings you closer to people who you care about.
3) It will improve your self-esteem
One of the best things about keeping a gratitude journal is that it can give you a way to record your own achievements. We can feel shy about “bragging” about the amazing things that we have done, but we shouldn’t. Much of the time we will have worked really hard to achieve the things that we have and we should feel able to acknowledge this, at the very least.
4) It can help you to sleep better
Do you find that you struggle to go off to sleep? This could be because your mind is racing and packed full of thoughts. Writing in your gratitude journal is a great way to get your brain settled down. It gets it thinking about the good and whilst you won’t instantly forget the other things going on, your brain will definitely go to bed focusing on what is good instead.
Discover more great tips on how to improve your sleep.
5) It improves your physical health
This practice not only helps your mental health but can even help you feel better physically. Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude reported fewer aches and pains, had a general feeling of health, did more regular exercise and went for more frequent checkups to the doctor.
Give the gift of gratitude
Not only can you use a gratitude journal for yourself; but you can also combine it with showing gratitude to someone in your life.
Send a gratitude journal to a friend as a gift and tell them why you are grateful to have them in their life. By sending them a wonderful gift, you are also giving them the gift of gratitude too; that they can then go away and explore for themselves.
To incorporate the practise of gratitude into gifting, we have created our Serenity Deluxe Gift Set. This luxury ethical gift box has been designed to encourage de-stressing and relaxation - the ultimate anxiety reducing pamper hamper.
It contains the beautiful gratitude journal by The Happi Empire, which contains daily exercises for you to remind yourself that you are grateful and just what you are grateful for.
This gift is a great unique birthday or thank you gift for a friend, mum or sister; and the perfect way to show you care. They're also great gifts for employees who have been going through a challenging time.
They range from £58 - £88, and you can get 10% off when you sign up to our newsletter here. We also offer next day delivery!
We also create bespoke, ethical gift boxes, so if you’d like to build your own luxury gift box or hamper, get in touch with our Gift Concierge Service (we're based in London but deliver UK wide) and we’d love to create the perfect gift for your loved one.
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