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Gratitude is good for you

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Gratitude is Good For You

It would be fair to say that the idea of embracing gratitude has become incredibly popular in recent years. Along with a steady rising interest in health, wellness and mindfulness, gratitude journals and guided journals like ours at mojo&co are now high on the agenda for many people, but as it turns out, the act of gratitude is much more than a just a passing trend.

Indeed, the idea of ‘counting your blessings’ or finding joy in everyday life is not a new phenomenon at all. In fact, the philosophy of practicing gratitude has been in existence for thousands of years and thanks to modern research, there’s now real-world evidence that gratitude really is ‘good for you.’

According to research by two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, who are leading voices in the field of gratitude and its benefits, the positive effects of being grateful can actually be measured.

‘In one study, [https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier ] they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics.

One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.’

Emmon’s research also found that, unsurprisingly, gratitude allows us to ‘celebrate the present, block toxic, negative emotions and grateful people are more stress resistant.’

If that’s not a prescription for positivity, then what is?

It’s not hard to apply these findings to our everyday lives which have become much busier, more stressful, and incredibly noisy. Think about the last time you decided to simply ‘pay it forward,’ and how it made you feel? From small acts like passing your pay and display ticket onto someone else, to giving someone a smile in the supermarket or having a short conversation with someone who might be having a tough day, positivity can have huge benefits for them, but also for you.

That’s why at mojo&co we feel so passionately about the benefits of tapping into the huge power of positivity with guided journaling. Setting real world intentions by taking regular time out to think and write down goals is hugely cathartic in itself. However, the benefits don’t end there. Seeing intentions come to life or goals completed, is massively rewarding and will help to set about a positive shift in your way of thinking. Gratitude begets positivity and positivity begets potential, and once you start on your guided journaling journey, the possibilities are endless.

If you’d like to know more about our collection of beautiful guided journals and letter writing sets, then why not head over to our online store www.mojoandco.ie or feel free to contact us info@mojoandco.ie

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