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When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. – Tony Robbins.
Lately, the word gratitude has been used more and more frequently.
Recent scientific studies have proved gratitude has a vast array of benefits on almost all aspects of one’s life, ranging from social benefits to health and career improvements.
So, we set out to find out the biggest perks of practicing gratitude and help you apply them to your own life.
Without further ado, here is how gratitude will change your entire life:
1. Your Overall Health
2. Your Social Life
Increased self-control: According to acclaimed Professor Ye Lin, “Showing that emotion can foster self-control opens up tremendous possibilities for reducing a wide range of societal ills from impulse buying and insufficient saving to obesity and smoking.
3. Your Career
- Better networking skills: This tip goes hand in hand with increased likability: by showing gratitude, you also appear more open and eager to start a business relationship. It also makes you appear more professional when you show gratitude towards your co-workers.
- Increased productivity: Several studies have linked gratitude to increased ability to focus and, therefore, increased productivity. It is thought that this mechanism acts both subconsciously and consciously.
- Improved leadership skills: When showing gratitude towards your co-workers, they feel as if their work has been valued and therefore perceive you as not just a boss, but a leader, and someone who is willing to work with as a team in order to achieve the best possible results.
These were just some of the benefits associated with gratitude, although there are numerous more studies focusing on the different aspects of gratitude.
Most of the studies mentioned follow a simple protocol: every day for at least 10 months, write down what you are grateful for (count your blessings).
This quick and easy activity can greatly help you practice gratitude and start living a better, more fulfilling life. If you are more serious, keep a gratitude journal and start recording every day.
A year from now, when you look back you will see how profound this habit is and how much your life has changed.
Thank you for reading and hope you found this article interesting and enriching.
Author Bio: Kimberley Martinez is a writer, blogger, traveler and personal development student. She loves writing, traveling and networking with like-minded positive individuals. She also loves attending personal development seminars and listening to motivational speakers. For more of her latest work, visit worldclassseminars.com.
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