Thursday, March 06, 2014
Another important part of your outlook is the expression of gratitude for whatever you have. Regularly express gratitude.
Thanksgiving is a primary ingredient of optimism and a positive outlook. Right now, start making a mental list of what you're grateful for. It can be people or things or whatever. Just start listing them in your head. By doing this, you're counting your blessings. It's as simple as that!
Every day, we're either counting or discounting our blessings. Research has shown that people who regularly listed what they were thankful for experienced higher levels of optimism, alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy than those who didn't. Those who expressed gratitude more often helped others, exercised regularly, made progress toward personal goals, enjoyed satisfying sleep, and felt connected.24
Grateful people enjoy higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction and vitality than do pessimists. They experience less depression and stress, too. Researchers learned that grateful people do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life; they just rise above them. Optimistic and grateful people are also more empathetic and are considered more helpful and generous by the people in their social networks.25
In short, your attitude and outlook can make a big difference in the quality of your mental and physical health. You can't always change your circumstances, but you can change your attitude toward them, and sometimes that makes all the difference in the world.
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