What do Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, and Beyonce have in common? They’re all go-getters that make the most of every day, are more positive and optimistic than most and get stuff done, even when other people think they’re crazy for it.
They’re up at the crack of dawn, pushing themselves harder than they’ve ever pushed before. And is there one thing that keeps them going? Absolutely. Gratitude.
Simply reflecting on your day and thinking about the good things about it can have a huge impact on how you work, how you approach each day in the morning, and your success. It’s such a simple upgrade to your daily routine that makes such a huge difference.
We designed the new 365 Days of Gratitude journal to make this daily practice easier than ever. All you need to do is fill in the prompts at the end of every day. Keep this journal by your bed and you’ll see the changes to yourself and to your life quickly. If you want to know just why it works so well as part of your nighttime routine, here are just a few proven benefits that gratitude has.
1. Make more friends
According to a 2014 study, thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to become a friend. If you’re practicing gratitude, remember to be thankful for all the new people that come into your life, and you’ll be happier and more positive towards them when you next see them. All those good vibes can add up and help you create stronger relationships.
2. Feel the best you’ve ever felt
Grateful people report feeling healthier than other people. When you’re focusing on your gratitude, you’re more likely to take care of yourself. You feel better, and because you’re focusing on all those positive emotions – you’re not likely to feel aches, pains, or illnesses as much as other people. Cheers to good health?
3. Banish toxic emotions
We’re all guilty of indulging in the negative a little too much. How good does it feel sometimes to have a moan? Well, there are multiple studies that found a link between gratitude and well-being. You will be happier if you focus on feeling happy. If you focus on all the things that make you feel positive, rather than the things that bring you down, you’ll be on top of the world and won’t give a damn about any of the negatives.
4. Have the best sleep of your life
Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spending just fifteen minutes before bed on your gratitude will help you get a better quality of sleep for longer. Who doesn’t want that?
5. Be more confident than you ever have
You are sexy. Part of redefining what sexy means to you is improving your self-esteem. Studies on athletes have found that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem and their performance. You need to feel confident in yourself and your abilities if you want to smash it, and feeling boosted by gratitude will help you feel the best you’ve ever felt.
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