Stop, Breathe & Think
Studies have shown that shortest line between depression and happiness runs through the state of gratitude. In fact, according to research at the University of California, Davis, it is the cardinal moral emotion that promotes cooperation and makes our society civil and kind.
Gratitude is a reverence for things that have been given. Cultivating this state can have a profound effect on our physical, emotional and social wellbeing. Outcomes of gratitude include a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep. It encourages compassion, forgiveness - and importantly, higher and more constant levels of positivity.
Mindsets are a bundle of the attitudes, assumptions and expectations we have about our lives. Practicing gratitude seems to unshackle us from toxic emotions, and there’s a growing literature in psychology around the remarkably positive and lasting impact of expressing gratitude, whether in person, in a journal, or by recreating the state in meditation.