The Science of Gratitude
As human beings, we are driven by our most basic instincts. Our instincts can be broadly classified under two categories, namely, self-preservation and self-propagation. However, many spiritual and philosophical traditions from around the world have demonstrated that we are capable of so much more.
For example, there is also a universal instinct to connect, to reach out and to become larger by becoming one with what is around us. Another great example of an intense emotion is that of gratitude. From the day we are born till the day we die, we are dependent or interdependent on others for our needs. There is an amazing system in nature in which all beings support each other and life moves on in an interdependent fashion. Therefore, for anyone who looks even a little closely at life, the feeling of gratitude is bound to arise sooner or later.
Amy Morin, an expert psychotherapist and author of the best-selling book ‘13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do’ has this to say about gratitude.
- Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
- Gratitude improves physical health.
- Gratitude improves psychological health.
- Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
- Grateful people sleep better.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem.
- Gratitude increases mental strength.
In fact, it’s been proven that negative attitudes are physiologically bad for you. Ocean Robbins quotes several scientific studies to explain this in his blog and further concurs that gratitude can make you healthier. It follows that healthier bodies can nurture happier minds.
We at Hylunia Wellness MD Spa are great believers in the power of gratitude as well. In fact, our founder, Dr. Lingam, knows the real science behind it and speaks from personal experience about the benefits of being grateful. In his words, “The science of gratitude is very simple. Gratitude is an emotion that connects you to the rest of the universe and harmonizes your inner and outer worlds. It removes mental conflicts that bog you down and help you be at peace with yourself, the world and all your life circumstances. From that space arises a kind of joy and happiness which guides the body to produce those happiness hormones that tell your cells to be happy and healthy.”
Here, we present Dr. Lingam’s seven ways to practice gratitude that will lead you to a happier life.
Practice these seven ways of being grateful and see how your happiness index sores. Do not forget to let us know if these tips worked for you. You are also welcome to send us your own ideas for practicing gratitude.
Please write to us with your own stories of how gratitude has helped you in your life. If we like your stories, we will publish them on our blog and send you a gift as a token of our gratitude. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org