by Rachel Tomlinson, Registered Psychologist, Toward Wellbeing

Showing gratitude or being grateful has some very positive impacts on our mood, health and overall wellbeing. Research conducted by Robert Emmons shows that by completing a gratitude journal for even a brief time (between one and three weeks) people experienced significantly improvement in the following areas:

  1. Physical health; higher immunity, lower blood pressure, better quality sleep
  2. Psychological; more optimistic, improved mood, increased sense of joy and happiness
  3. Social; more compassionate, less isolated/lonely and increased positive relationships
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So how can gratitude do all of this?

Well its about the intention, so in part it is the actual writing down or recording…

by Rachel Tomlinson — Registered Psychologist, Toward Wellbeing

Every emotion has a purpose… much like other functions of the body (like breathing and blinking). Yet we often fight and try to rid ourselves of “negative” emotions, like scared, angry and sad. I have worked with many clients over the years who were afraid of their feelings; of their power and a notion that they were never going to be able to get past the feeling.

Any time that we avoid something our of fear, the act of avoidance itself makes the “thing” more powerful. So like anything else, if we…

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