Benefits of Gratitude

benefits of gratitudeHave you ever stopped for five minutes and thought about all the things you have to be grateful for? You might do this once a year when you are writing your resolutions for the next year. What about daily?

This week, with the 5 Day Summer Reset going on, I want to challenge you to think of 5 things you’re grateful for every single day. These things can be as simple as having beautiful weather that day or as complex as you wish. Dig really deep and find things that truely are making a positive impact in your life each day. Once the week is over, you will have 25 things that you are grateful for. This list can help you move mountains as you progress through life and follow your dreams.

Gratitude is important to your overall health and wellness. Here are a few of the many benefits that gratitude can have on your daily life!

Gratitude will improve your mental health

According to Robert E. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading researcher in gratitude, it can actually reduce harmful emotions such as resentment and envy. If you’re having a day where nothing seems to be going your way, thinking about five things you are grateful for can help you turn those negative emotions into positive experiences. We all struggle, but the difference between people that show gratitude and those who don’t is an increase in self awareness and a more positive emotional well being.

Gratitude can help you sleep better

In a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, writing things you’re grateful for in a journal for fifteen minutes before bed can actually help you sleep better and longer. Keep a notebook bed side to reflect on your day and write down the things that impacted you in a positive way today.

Gratitude increases physical well being

People who demonstrate gratitude on a regular basis actually experience fewer aches and pains, as reported in a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. People who are grateful are more likely to take care of their physical health than those who are not. This doesn’t come as a surprise to me. When you live your life with an open heart, you are more willing to channel your positive energy into taking care of your own physical health.

Gratitude improves your self-esteem

If you struggle with self-esteem (raises hand), then practicing gratitude can help you build yourself up. In some studies, gratitude has been shown to decrease social comparisons in individuals. Also, in a 2014 study conducted by Journal of Applied Sport Psychologyit was found that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem. For athletes, self-esteem is an essential component to top performance.

benefits of gratitudeCohesive Fitness Gratitude List

  • My ability to share my passion for Pilates and healthy living with others

  • The support of my husband to pursue my passions without fear

  • The fact that chocolate exists in the world

  • My own health and physical transformation

  • The clients that come and train with me everyday 🙂

Well, there you have it kids. Science backed research to support gratitude, as if you needed a reason. I just love supporting my claims with facts. So your homework is to think of five things each day that you are grateful for, and write them down. You can share them on Instagram by using #5DayReset2015 and tagging @CohesiveFitness and @HeatherPavlik in your posts! We can’t wait to read all the beautiful things you have to be grateful for!

About Stephanie

Stephanie Benton is a STOTT PILATES Certified instructor and recently became a mom! She holds a BA in Dance from California State University Long Beach, and has a passion for helping new moms reconnect with their physical and emotional selves after starting a family. Cohesive Fitness is a place to learn to simplify your life, health and family priorities.
  • jillconyers

    Hi Stephanie. Love this and you should share it with The Fit Dish link up! This week’s topic is an attitude of gratitude 🙂

  • adailydoseoffit

    There you are! Love that top! Cute pic 🙂

  • Thanks for the inspiration! <3

  • I meant to actually, but got so super busy! Is it too late to share?