Gratitude has been scientifically shown to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. When we take steps to include this in our daily practice it uplifts us and supports many of the other points that I’ve listed here. What’s more, it’s so simple to do, doesn’t have to cost anything or take up any extra time in your day as you can incorporate it into things that you already do, for example while walking, or lying in bed just before getting up or going to sleep. In fact practicing gratitude at the beginning and end of the day is a great way to set yourself up for being more optimistic and hopeful generally.
Self-esteem and confidence
When we can feel assured in who we are it helps us to feel at ease, and this encourages improved circulation and therefore an increased supply of nutrients and oxygen to our tissues, as well as more efficient removal of toxins. This helps to increase our energy levels, our vibration and our Life Force, boosting our immunity and resilience in the face of dis-ease.
Letting go of past experiences
When we hold on to issues from the past, both ‘good’ and ‘bad’, it allows us to live more fully in the present and to create a healthy vision for the future, without attachments, restrictions or limiting beliefs.
Spending time outdoors
This can bring several benefits:
- fresh air
- enabling our bodies to synthesise vitamin D
- helping to put ‘sunshine’ in our hearts, lifting our spirits
- being within Nature, which has been proven to have a positive impact on our wellbeing.
Tomorrow I’ll look at one more important aspect in this game of balance and wellbeing.