The warmer weather has finally arrived here in southwestern Ontario, and so many of us are looking to spend time outdoors. Whether working in the yard, enjoying a walk in nature, spending time with friends outside, or even looking out a window; it’s time to enjoy the new season.
While you are soaking in the warmer temperatures, it’s a perfect time to practice gratitude. Even just a couple of minutes a day acknowledging a few good things in your life can have a tremendous positive impact.
Increased happiness: Studies have found that those who practice gratitude are more likely to experience greater happiness and satisfaction with life than those who don’t.
Improved physical health: Practicing gratitude has been linked to improved physical health, including lower blood pressure and fewer physical symptoms.
Strengthened relationships: People who express gratitude are more likely to have better relationships with those around them, as gratitude is often associated with greater empathy and understanding.
Improved sleep: Practicing gratitude can help you to get better sleep, as it can help alleviate worrying thoughts that can keep you awake at night.
Improved mental health: Gratitude is linked to improved mental health, with studies showing that it can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
While you’re enjoying the new season, take a few minutes to fully immerse yourself in the colours that surround you, the sounds you hear, the variety of smells, and the feel of the sun on your skin. Be sure to acknowledge your ability to engage with your surroundings with gratitude and an open heart.