If it’s thinking about a few things we have to be grateful for today, it will induce the relaxation response, knock us out, and keep us that way. In another study of 400 healthy people, those participants who had higher scores on a gratitude test also had significantly better sleep.They reported faster time to sleep, improved sleep quality, increased sleep duration, and less difficulty staying awake during the day. It’s no far stretch that some of the benefits (e.g.Gratitude can’t cure cancer (neither can positive-thinking), but it can strengthen your physiological functioning. The details are complicated, but the overall picture is not – if you want to improve your health, improve your mind. better coping & management of terminal conditions like cancer and HIV, etc…) apply to gratitude as well.
This also means that we get use to the bad things that happen to us.
Put more simply, we get use to the good things that happen to us.
In which world do you think you would have more self-esteem? The key is what’s on our minds as we’re trying to fall asleep.
If it’s worries about the kids, or anxiety about work, the level of stress in our body will increase, reducing sleep quality, keeping us awake, and cutting our sleep short.
My solution has been to re-direct my feelings towards Lady Luck.
Many of the sub-traits associated with spirituality are the same sub-traits associated with gratitude.
That can work, but it can also make us narcissistic or even back-fire and lower self-esteem. Despite your asking and pleading, no one helps you.
Now imagine a world where many people help you all of the time for no other reason than that they like you.
Hedonic adaptation gives unparalleled resiliency and keeps us motivated to achieve ever greater things.
Those who have been disabled have a remarkable ability to rebound – initially they may feel terrible, but after months or years they are on average just as happy as everyone else.
While in a grateful mood, we will feel gratitude more frequently, when we do feel gratitude it will be more intense and held for longer, and we will feel gratitude for more things at the same time.