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Why You Should Add Gratitude to Your Daily Routine



Practicing being grateful can have a big positive impact on our overall mental and physical health 🧠👏 Studies show a significant relationship between gratitude and happiness. Gratitude is also associated with increased mood, optimism, well-being, exercise, sleep duration, hope, as well as less materialism and stress.🤸‍♀️It’s not about being grateful every minute of the day - researchersfound that writing down 5 things just once a week can improve happiness 🙃 We often get caught up in what we lack or what we aren't and this negatively affects us over time. There's a lot in life that we can’t control but gratitude is something that we have total control of. 💥Taking the time to appreciate things, yourself, and others contributes to overall happiness and health. A lot can change when we feel grateful and highlight the positives!✨ Practice gratitude by simply thinking about the things that you are thankful for regularly or try using a journal or an app that reminds you daily or weekly.


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