Increase Your Gratitude, Lower Your Stress

Last weekend was another magical two days we spent with a diverse group of people at our Build Emotional Resilience Training.

One of the simple things we can all do to create a stress less life is to continually work on developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’.

Contemplating what you’re grateful for reduces cortisol by 23% according to a study published at the University of California, Davis. Researchers found that those who cultivated an ‘attitude of gratitude’ had improved mood, energy and much less anxiety.

“The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, Professor of Psychology at University of California, Davis and a leading scientific expert on the science of gratitude.

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“It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep. Gratitude reduces lifetime risk for depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders, and is a key resiliency factor in the prevention of suicide,” he said.

Emmons has stated that, “practicing gratitude also affects behaviour. Studies have shown that grateful people engage in more exercise, have better dietary behaviours, are less likely to smoke and abuse alcohol, and have higher rates of medication adherence – factors that translate into a healthier and happier life.”

So, what is gratitude?

Back to Robert Emmons, “Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It’s a lens that helps us to see the things that don’t make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It’s a spotlight that we shine on the people who give us the good things in life. It’s a bright red paintbrush we apply to otherwise-invisible blessings, like clean streets or health or enough food to eat.”

For too long, we’ve taken gratitude for granted. Yes, ‘thank you’ is an essential, everyday part of family dinners, trips to the store, business deals, and political negotiations. That might be why so many people have dismissed gratitude as simple, obvious, and unworthy of serious attention. But that’s starting to change. Recently scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:

  • Stronger immune systems and less depression;
  • More joy, optimism, and happiness;
  • Stronger relationships and more generous behaviour;
  • Less feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Jeremy Adam Smith edits the online magazine, Greater Good and he has developed his key elements of gratitude list…
1. Once in a while, they think about death and loss
2. They take the time to smell the roses
3. They take the good things as gifts, not birthrights
4. They’re grateful to people, not just for things
5. They mention the special things specifically
6. They thank outside the box

Processing a life experience through a grateful lens does not mean denying negativity. It is not a form of superficial happiology. Instead, it means realizing the power you must transform an obstacle into an opportunity. It means reframing a loss into a potential gain, recasting negativity into positive channels for gratitude.

“Gratitude blocks toxic emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret and depression, which can destroy our happiness.”
— Robert Emmons

We invite you to immerse yourself in two days of building emotional resilience and join us in Brisbane on August 11th& 12thfor the Build Emotional Resilience Training. We have a fantastic team of qualified Stress Management Practitioners & Facilitators who will guide and mentor you through the processes. Plus, you’ll have lots of fun and go home relaxed and de-stressed and armed with your own personal destress toolkit and your stress management strategy plan. We pre and post stress test participants at this program and on average at the end of the two-day training that they measure between 75% and 85% reduction in their stress level.

We guarantee it will provide you with the building blocks to create ENORMOUS levels of naturally derived energy as well as techniques and strategies that will help you and your family on the path to high quality living! Bring your family and friends.

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