Do you struggle with sleeping as over 60 % of Americans do? If yes, then we may have a simple solution for you this holiday season. According to Psychology today, “when you cultivate gratitude throughout the day, you’re more likely to have positive thoughts as you’re drifting off to sleep.” This in turn leads to more restful sleep. Many studies have been conducted on the correlation between gratitude and well-being, all resulting in very similar findings. The 2009 study at the University of Manchester, Manchester, England UK by Wood was the first study to show that trait gratitude is related to sleep and explains why. This study has spurred numerous others that focus on gratitude and sleep.
When you start realizing how the simple act of gratitude inspires a healthier life and better sleep it is worth making it a daily habit. According to happierhuman.com there are 31 benefits of gratitude you most likely didn’t even know about! Here are just 10 great ways they show that gratitude can change your life, and all are backed by studies.
- Gratitude makes us happier.
- Gratitude makes people like us.
- Gratitude makes us healthier.
- Gratitude boosts our career.
- Gratitude strengthens our emotions.
- Gratitude develops our personality.
- Gratitude improves sleep.
- Gratitude increases energy levels.
- Gratitude increases your self-esteem.
- Gratitude improves your decision making.
Since Thanksgiving is just a few days away, why not start building on how you can become a more grateful human being and give yourself the gift of a happier, more rested and relaxed YOU!
Living a more grateful life takes some practice and dedication, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Here is a simple list of ideas to help you start living a life filled with gratitude.
- Start a daily journal where you write down at least one thing you are grateful for each day.
- Make a habit of sending a thank you note when someone gives you something or does something kind for you.
- Once a week make sure to participate in some small act of kindness.
- Twice a year volunteer for the opportunity to serve.
- Embrace your set-backs because later you will start to feel grateful for where you are now.
- Practice mindfulness.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving from the 4Sleep Family. - Carpe Sleepum!