5 Benefits to Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” –Meister Eckhart

The stress of city living and modern technology has us grappling to find ways to experience the true authenticity of human existence. In a world that often feels separated, alone, and full of shortcomings it’s easy to get caught up in a storm of disconnection, depression and self-criticism that feels like life is falling between your fingertips.

Yet from spiritual teachers to scientists of psychology, the proof is constantly showing that it is precisely within these moments that the experience of gratitude is most important. Studies have shown that gratitude can improve health, create stronger relationships, alleviate anxiety, and create more prosperous futures for those who cultivate an attitude of gratitude each day.

At Gratitude Migration we hope to create a space to cultivate gratitude for our community, for our lives, and for our ability to celebrate and create together. When you practice these ideas it’s amazing the difference you will feel immediately when reflecting on the things in your life that you have been blessed with. It is this mentality and emotional state of well being which we are trying to enhance at Gratitude Migration, to give people an environment to count our blessings. 

We've compiled a couple simple benefits to adding a Gratitude practice to your daily life:

1. Improve your health

Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude in their lives get sick less often, exercise more regularly and sleep better. Whether it's the lower stress levels or the healing benefits of joy, there's no question that when you feel better in your mind, you feel better in your body.

Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

2. Feel more optimistic overall

Gratitude gives people more energy and enthusiasm and helps us to cultivate other positive emotions. When we align our vibration with positivity and abundance, we can only attract more of that in our lives.

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Photo by Eraj Asadi

3. Achieve your goals

It's hard to look at a major mountain and how far ahead there is to climb; and it's a lot more satisfying to see how far you've come. Practicing gratitude and looking at all you've achieved and the blessings that have got you there helps you see how capable you can be in the future, seeing how possible it is achieve your goals and set even greater ones for yourself.

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Photo by Tico

4. Alleviate Anxiety

Practicing gratitude helps us to experience fewer symptoms of stress and anxiety around our lives.

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Photo by Daniele Siele

5. Strengthen your Relationships

We are more likely to help others and offer emotional support when we are in states of gratitude.

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Photo by Eraj Asadi

Written by Desdemona Dallas