Finding gratitude really does help………
At Fit Kidz learning Centres, we try to instill the message of gratitude in our team and children every day through play, stories and group conversations.
It is often said that we forget to appreciate what we do have and focus on what we do not. At this most challenging time in our world, I believe it is important to try and remain focused on finding the positive and the joy in small moments. I know this is easier said than done but reminding myself of these points regularly does help.
Here are a few reasons why we believe practicing and expressing gratitude should be a key part of our everyday life.
- Gratitude fosters optimism
Optimism is the heart of gratitude. It helps you to see the good in most situations, regardless of how bad you may think it is. Although it’s not always easy to spot the silver lining, having a positive attitude can help you push through challenging situations and navigate life more healthily and skilfully.
- Gratitude increases happiness
People who regularly feel grateful to others are more likely to feel loved and cared for by their friends, family and peers. It also creates positive emotions like joy, love, and contentment which has proven to suppress negative emotions such as fear and anxiety.
- Gratitude improves well-being
Grateful people are more conscious about their health and more likely to exercise and remain active. In addition to physical health, having a positive mindset can lower rates of stress and depression, better coping skills and increased psychological well-being.
- Gratitude encourages an overall better life
Positive thoughts and attitudes are more than just being upbeat. A positive mindset adds value to life and helps you build social skills that lead to a prosperous life. We believe expressing gratitude is something you can do at any time but making it a regular practice can not only produce positive benefits such as creating and achieving more goals, but it can also improve your mind, body and spirit.
Whether you are currently working away from the home or trying to manage your work life and family life from home, practicing gratitude can have a significant impact on how you treat yourself and those around you. I’d like to end with a quote that has resonated with me throughout the years.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-John F. Kennedy