Gratitude Meditation: a Step Towards Happiness
Gratitude is a state of thankfulness that involves appreciating what you have in life. Even in the worst times, there is something to be grateful for: a good friend, a pet, your health, a job you enjoy. It’s easy to get bogged down by what’s going wrong, but acknowledging the good really can make you happier.
Research shows that focusing on what you’re grateful for can make you more optimistic, and satisfied with your life. There are many ways to practice gratitude. Try gratitude meditations by combining this happiness-boosting strategy with mindfulness.
What is a Gratitude Meditation?
Gratitude meditation is a type of meditation that calls on you to focus on being thankful. It is a reflection on what you are grateful for in your life, like, for example, a work promotion or a new-found love.
Use your gratitude meditation to focus on any little thing you appreciate: be it a warm, sunny day at the end of winter; the smell of a flower nearby; or the sensation of the wind in your hair. You can find something to be grateful for in every moment. Some practitioners even devote their gratitude to hardships. Every experience contributes to a full life, after all.
What Are the Benefits of Gratitude Meditation?
Practicing gratitude involves regular meditation focused on thankfulness. According to research, people who habitually focus on gratitude can experience several benefits, such as:
- Improved mood
- Increased time spent exercising
- Improved sleep
- Fewer physical health problems
- Increased optimism and a more positive outlook on life
- Improved overall mental health
How Are Gratitude and Mindfulness Related?
Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment, without judgment or worry. When you are mindful, you stop worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past. Gratitude and mindfulness go hand-in-hand: gratitude helps you focus on the positives in your life, and mindfulness allows you to accept where you are in the present moment. Together, these two practices have a powerful impact on happiness and well-being.
Gratitude Meditations on BetterSleep
BetterSleep has several guided meditations to help you establish a regular practice. Try adding a “gratitude check-in” to your bedtime routine, followed by a meditation. Before beginning the meditation, think about one or two things from your day that you appreciate and are thankful for. Hold on to that feeling of gratitude during your meditation.
In addition to gratitude meditations, try the many mindfulness meditations on the app. These can help you focus on the here and now while appreciating what you feel, hear, and smell as you drift off to sleep.
Morning meditations that focus on gratitude can set the tone for a great day. Try the Energized Morning or Morning Affirmation guided meditations. Acknowledge what you are thankful for as you prepare for the day ahead.
The more you focus on gratitude, the better you’ll feel. Mindfulness and meditation are great tools for helping you make gratitude a daily practice.
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