Ways To Cultivate Gratitude For A Healthy Heart

By Dolly M George

30 Dec, 2017


Gratitude is being aware of and thankful for the little things that happen in your life and taking the time to express appreciation. In turn, gratitude can intensify your happiness, build strong relationships and help you to embrace life as it is, with all its imperfections.  Also, it turns out that, being grateful can give you a healthy heart!

However, gratitude needs to be practiced regularly if you must increase your level of happiness and reap all its benefits. Regardless of your inborn or existing level of gratitude, it's a quality that you can successfully nurture further till you find yourself transformed.

Here are a few ways how you can cultivate gratitude !

Write a thank-you note. Write a thank you letter to someone who has a deep influence on your life. Expressing your appreciation of that person's impact on your life can generate a positive “ripple effect” on you as well as the recipient. While we may often thank people verbally, a written note can be cherished lifelong.

Count your blessings. Choose a time to sit down and sum up your blessings — look deeply at all the little things that that you are blessed with—the ability to touch, see, hear, a good night’s sleep, fewer illness, your family, friends, job and so on. The fact that, each day when you wake up in the morning, your heart beats without any conscious effort, can be a reason for you to be grateful!!  If you are spiritually inclined, prayers can help nurture gratitude in you.

Keep a gratitude journal.  Take time to write down the things for which you’re grateful. What’s even more amazing is that journaling can reframe the way you see the world. By consistently and consciously focusing on gratitude for just a few minutes every morning you set your mind up to be more likely to find things to be grateful for throughout the day and eventually it becomes your quality.

Give back ! Giving back is a wonderful way to express your gratitude for the blessings you have. Identify a cause that to which you think you can bring about a change for the better, and at the same time you’re passionate about—anything from helping the down-trodden to conserving the environment.

All these ways of expressing your gratitude will go a long way to ensure a Healthy Heart!!!

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