According to a Harvard Medical School article, research on the effects of expressing gratitude on wellbeing has revealed the following:
Unfortunately, a massive caveat of these studies is that no definitive causal relationship can be established between gratitude and wellbeing. Nevertheless, numerous studies indicate that the effects of experiencing and expressing gratitude are positive. Based on experience gained through Amplio online coaching, we believe there's a causal effect between gratitude and happiness, wellbeing and fulfilment.
Do you know the phrase "absence makes the heart grow fonder"? I've found that to be true now more than ever. We're all missing the physical presence of our loved ones. However, now's the time to be grateful that they ARE in your life.
Express your gratitude during a video call, send them a little gift, or a handwritten letter thanking them for caring, for supporting you, and for just being who they are.
Every evening, my partner and I tell each other 1 thing we're grateful for in our relationship. The same Harvard research has shown that that can increase the positive feelings we have towards the other person, and even increase the likelihood of expressing concerns in our relationship. In other words, this gratitude exercise can strengthen our bond and augment trust.
I'm really happy to be physically and mentally healthy right now. Yes, I have a bit of a back ache and shoulder pain from not sitting on an ergonomic desk chair while I'm working. But in general, I'm all good when it comes to health.
What a thing to be grateful for! To be able to see all the beauty in this world, hear my favorite tunes, walk my dog, play the ukulele...
I try to take a moment to appreciate my physical and mental health during my daily yoga practice.
The internet: birthplace of FOMO, trolls, and the Tide Pod challenge. Lots of bad things, but also, lots of great things! Due to the coronavirus crisis, a wealth of online courses has been made free. I'm super grateful for the opportunity to learn and improve my skills.
And for the amount of cute dog videos on YouTube.
That brings us to the next, more light-hearted thing to be grateful for. Our furry friends! The reported mental health benefits of pets are endless. Here are some of them:
Cherish the extra time you get to spend with them and increase your own wellbeing and theirs.
I know it feels a little bit ironic to be grateful for freedom of movement right now, when travel is limited. But don't you appreciate the times that you do get to go outside way more nowadays? I know I do. When I walk my dog, I feel more grateful for the fresh air, my feet on the ground, and the boundless, open sky above me, than I ever did before.