We've included a gratitude journal in your Dry January Care Package. And for good reason!
Gratitude might seem like a simple emotion (the state of being grateful), but did you know that regular practice comes with a host of physical, mental and emotional benefits? Whether you're writing in a gratitude journal or just taking the time to mindfully acknowledge what you have, contemplating gratitude as part of your daily routine can lead to big gains. What better time to build this practice than Dry January? Here are a few of the changes you might see by adding a little gratitude to your thoughts this month:
Improves sleep quality
According to a study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, practicing gratitude helps you sleep better and longer. Why? Those who practice gratitude often have more positive thoughts before going to sleep, which can promote better sleep.
Lowers blood pressure
A study in the Journal of Health Psychology showed that a regular gratitude practice not only led to better sleep, but also lower blood pressure. And lower blood pressure is definitely something to be grateful for.
Improves physical health
Results from a study from online gratitude journal company Thnx4.org showed that those who kept a gratitude journal for two weeks reported "fewer headaches, and less congestion, stomach pain, and cough or sore throat."
Leads to increased happiness
This one might seem obvious, but showing gratitude increases happiness and reduces stress and depression in addition to improving overall mood, energy and alertness.
Increases mental strength
Not only can gratitude reduce stress, but it's also been linked to overcoming trauma. A study in Behavior Research and Therapy showed that those with higher levels of gratitude had lower rates of PTSD.