20 Feb The Power of Gratitude
Here at Friends for Life Homecare Services, we see the positive impact that gratitude can have every day.
As Harvard Health Publishing reports, “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
There have been several studies linking gratitude to happiness. Research has shown that gratitude can also have a positive impact on your relationships. “A study of couples found that individuals who took time to express gratitude for their partner not only felt more positive toward the other person but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship,” Harvard Health’s experts report.
How to Cultivate Gratitude at Home
Think of gratitude as if it’s a muscle; the more you use it, the stronger its impact on your health and happiness become.
Here are several ideas that might help you build up your gratitude muscle:
- Keeping a gratitude journal. Take a few minutes every day to jot down a few things that you are grateful for.
- Send someone a thank you letter. According to Havard Health Publishing, “You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter or email expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.” “We often hear from families that have engaged our hourly home care or live-in homecare services. And we can report that being on the receiving end of a thank you letter is powerful, too!)
- Pick up a gratitude rock. “Carry this rock around in your pocket, leave it on your desk where you will see it throughout your day, or even wear it on a chain around your neck or your wrist. Whenever you see it or touch it, pause to think about at least one thing you are grateful for. Whether it’s something as small as the sun shining down on you in this moment or as large as the job that allows you to feed yourself or your family, just think of one thing that brings you joy or fulfillment,” is one of the suggestions for building gratitude from PositivePsychology.com.
While we’re on the subject of gratitude, we would like to say thank you to all of our home health care clients and our wonderful home health aides!