Health Tips for Couples Series - Post 11

Do you have a gratitude practice?

It doesn’t need to be formal, scheduled, or similar to anyone else’s. It is just a way to recognize and reflect on the things you are most grateful for. More often than not, those who have a gratitude practice acknowledging things that others may not notice the value in. For example, how often do you reflect on how appreciative you are that you have an able body, stable living conditions, and the ability to make your own choices? These are HUGE parts of our lives that unfortunately sometimes get taken for granted.

Science has proved many benefits to a gratitude practice. It may be in a journal, in the notes on your phone, or something you communicate to your partner about each morning. Either way, I’m sure you have a lot to be grateful for!

Gratitude:

-Improves relationships

-Lessens physical pain

-Reduces negative emotions

-Enhances empathy

-Decreases aggression

-Improves sleep

-Increases self-esteem

-Intensifies mental strength

Beginning a gratitude practice does not need to be complicated. Talk with your partner about how it would best fit into your lives together.

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