Gratitude is the New Attitude

Posted by Avanti Women Aug 6, 2019
“Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be genuine. But most of all, be thankful.” ~Unknown
Science has demonstrated that we humans have the possibility of controlling mind over matter and how this can lead to a healthier, happier life. It starts with changing our mindset when we practice gratitude. #Gratitude means the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. 
Gratitude and the Brain
When we are thankful for the good things we have in our lives, this triggers positive emotions that increase endorphins (good hormones) and reduce cortisol (stress hormone) in the body. “Endorphins are chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress.” (Medical News Today) One way to increase these endorphins, other than exercise or eating spicy foods, is to laugh and stay positive.

Several studies link positive thinking and health by showing that diseases can even be healed through the practice of positive thinking. In his book, The Gratitude Effect, Dr. John Demartini, talks about awakening the mind to find the ‘hidden seeds of greatness’ and explores the idea how gratitude breaks limiting beliefs, allowing people to live much happier and fulfilled lives. You can watch his Youtube channel to learn more. 
Gratitude Journalling
The purpose of writing a daily gratitude journal is to remind you of the things you already have in your life – from something so small, such as having a comfortable bed to sleep in, to bigger things, like having a car to get you places rather than relying on public transit.

The journal allows you to concentrate on the #positive things in your life each day. Write three to five things you are grateful for in the morning before you start your day or at night before going to sleep.

Regular journaling has been proven to improve mood and positive psychology. According to, there are seven scientific benefits of journaling that motivate you:
1.     Gratitude opens the doors to more relationships
2.     Gratitude improves physical health
3.     Gratitude improves psychological health
4.     Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
5.     Grateful people sleep better
6.     Gratitude improves self-esteem
7.     Gratitude increases mental strength
Gratitude effect on attitude
We all get caught up in the grind we call life and when there are more lows than highs, we tend to complain and grumble about our lives. But when we start to look around and compare ourselves to those below us who are less fortunate, it is then we realize the blunder we make when we complain. This Tiny Buddha article explains how appreciation needs to override complaints. Everyone takes their life for granted and some get stuck in this mode. Being able to recognize the blessings around us is key to happiness and peace of mind.
A lot of times, it depends on #attitude. If you are able to calm the negative thoughts in the mind and not let them take control, you are one step closer to achieving contentment. We all struggle to ignore that negative script and take on an attitude of not being controlled by the negative energies in the world, relying heavily on our response and reaction to criticism, and incorrect beliefs.

Once you master the attitude of gratitude, you are on your way of mastering control over your thoughts and improving your overall health and outlook on life.

Written by an anonymous Avanti Women Member

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