Written by Carolyn de Lorenzo.
While there are a million and one reasons to practice gratitude throughout the day, you’re probably thinking, if one more person tells you to start a gratitude journal, you might actually want to scream into your pillow. And while I’m not negating the goodness of gratitude journals (seriously, I’m totally a fan), there are so many other creative ways to be just a little bit more grateful each day and reap the many, many benefits of doing so.
According to TIME, many studies show both the mental and physical health benefits of gratitude. From more patience, better relationships, and deeper sleep, to easing depression symptoms and increased happiness, the benefits of making gratitude a daily habit can actually be really powerful. Emma Seppala, a happiness researcher at Stanford and Yale Universities, and author of The Happiness Track, told TIME that having a partner who expresses gratitude towards you, for instance, and vice versa, can significantly improve your relationship. Seppala also notes that having “more positive thoughts before you go to sleep,” may help soothe the nervous system as you wind down, promoting deeper, longer sleep each night. So, tossing that proverbial gratitude journal aside, here are some super cool ways to practice gratitude on the daily that aren’t corny as heck.
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