David Steindl-Rast said, "It is not happiness that makes us grateful; it's gratefulness that makes us happy."
Today's world is so fast-paced that we rarely take enough time to think about the things we're grateful for. Most times, we're stressed without knowing the exact cause of being worked up. Adopting gratitude, however, can help take lots of pressure off, enabling us to enjoy a happier life. Thankfulness should be a part of our daily routines, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.
Unlike in the past, where the emphasis was on physical health, these days, we've realized the importance of caring for our mental health. You don't have to wait until the pressure is too much for you to engage in mental health care practices. The better approach is to have a daily plan for mental self-care.
As this is a relatively 'new' field, the options for mental care have been controversial and patient-specific.
In the olden days, lobotomy was one of the solutions for mental illness. However, advancements in the medical field have revolutionized how mental health care is applied. Some of the modern solutions include psychotherapy, drugs, diet, pills, and exercise.
More recent solutions like psychedelics, meditation, and gratitude have gained traction in both the medical arena and among the general public. Among these, practicing gratitude is the easiest to apply and the least controversial one.
When doctors carried out extensive research on heart health to prevent cardiovascular problems, they discovered solutions. They educated the public about these, and people started taking better care of themselves daily.
We believe that medical professionals should encourage a daily gratitude practice to help the public take better care of their mental health.
You may be wondering why this is essential. Studies show that one in four people in the world will be affected by neurological or mental disorders at one point in their lives. As such, mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability globally.
In light of these findings, there has been an increase in studies on the relationship between gratitude and well-being.
Each of these studies brings more evidence that practicing gratitude positively affects your life, overall health, happiness, and well-being.
If you knew that a 2-minute daily activity could boost your health, happiness, and wealth, would you commit to it?
The National Center for Biotechnology Information's database yields over 57,000 studies for "gratitude" searches. So far, there aren't any studies debunking the benefits of gratitude.
Do you need any more convincing to take up this practice, given its benefits and backing by scientists?
The best thing about gratitude is, it's not complicated to learn, and it only takes two minutes out of your day.
As with most good things, you'll need to be consistent to enjoy the benefits, which will flow into other areas of your life and positively rewire your brain.
The following are our Top 10 reasons to encourage you to practice this mental health ritual and have a richer life.
Building gratitude into your life is easier than you think. With consistent practice, you'll soon enjoy numerous benefits. Try it for yourself and see!
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team.