Living a simple life is as simple as acknowledging and appreciating the simple things – a bit of a tongue twister there for you. Try to stop, notice and give thanks to all the simple moments and see how many more happy moments you have throughout the day.
There is no doubt that being grateful for the small things in life can bring you joy and help improve your happiness. But what effect does being thankful have on your mind and body exactly?
According to the University of Berkeley in California, after 15 years of research gratitude has been shown to be a key element in physiological well-being – but not only mentally, physically as well.
They say that being grateful can improve things like happiness, your relationships, sleep patterns, your heart, aches and pains, and can even help combat mental illnesses like depression.
It’s an appreciation for the small things in life, the everyday encounters, that has been shown to deepen a sense of life satisfaction as a whole.
There are plenty of things to be thankful for in life, even in times like these, whether it’s your family, your friends, your health, your dog or even a well-made coffee.
Here are some easy ways you can practice being thankful day-to-day so that you can come out happier and healthier:
TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOU
Take some time to enjoy the simple things. Whether it’s a cup of tea, prayer, sitting in the garden, meditation or a light round of yoga, taking the time to let your mind reflect is a great way to encourage feelings of thankfulness. A present mind is a key element to creating a sense of inner calmness and happiness. Set aside five minutes, thirty minutes or even an hour in the day to check in with yourself and look back at the positivity in your life in both a peaceful and neutral environment
REMEMBER WHAT YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR
Keeping a mental log of who or what you are thankful for is an important way to sustain a sense of happiness and faith as you head into the future. The truth is that life will throw you good days and bad days, so on those bad days look back on the mental log you created and remind yourself of all the things you feel blessed and are thankful for outside of the present moment.