With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s a great time to celebrate the crazy-amazing health benefits of gratitude.
Sixteen years ago Oprah Winfrey started keeping a gratitude journal, and every night she wrote down 5 things that she was grateful for. She believes that keeping this journal was the single most important thing she’s ever done.
We know how powerful this can be, because thoughts become things.
And the more we focus on what brings us pleasure and makes us happy, the more of it we get. So what are we waiting for?
We’ll go first…
- Thank you for being here right now – we are grateful for you
- Every time you show up to do something to improve your healing, we are grateful that you are taking such good care of yourself
- You are beautiful, sexy and all around gorgeous – and we’re so grateful for that!
- You give us purpose, show us we’re not alone, and give us hope that great change can happen. Thank you.
- When we see you helping other sisters, we feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like we’ve just eaten a piece of dark chocolate. It feels delicious!
- We are so inspired by you each and every time we think about you. Your journey is our journey and we are grateful to be part of it.
- Your energy touches us in beautiful ways that words cannot express. We are one and we feel you. Thank you.
Expressing gratitude has us feeling quite happy, upbeat, beautiful and energized now!
Thinking about and writing down how grateful we are for you, has helped us to produce the brain chemistry that gives us warm fuzzy feelings and gets us stoked!
Ok, now it’s your turn. What are you grateful for? Go big – don’t hold back. Write your list right now.
Gratitude can help us really rock our healing with PCOS, because it helps us to produce the feel-good chemicals we need to be successful with our health and in life.
But it’s easier said than done.
That’s because we’re wired for stress. We’re always on the lookout for what’s not working – especially women because we had our children to protect. This comes from
hundreds (maybe thousands) of years ago when our survival depended on us being vigilant – very vigilant. In fact it saved our lives, and so the people who were the most on-guard, survived. And now here we are.
Only there are no animals that are going to kill us, or lack of food, or the need to find a good shelter for the night.
So now we have to retrain our brains, because the benefits of gratitude could save your life.
It might sound strange to say, but being grateful for the health that we have may increase the likelihood that we take healthier steps in life. And gratitude journaling is the best place to start.
Here are 10 Ways that Gratitude Can Improve Our PCOS Symptoms
- Balances Hormones: Gratitude takes us out of stress and into and a more balanced place. This will help us to slow down on making our stress hormones – which keeps insulin up and insulin-resistance high – and will allow us to make hormones that are suppressed when stress if high, like DHEA, and progesterone.
- More Optimistic: practicing regular gratitude has been shown scientifically to increase optimism by up to 15% because gratitude and optimism are significantly correlated. This will encourage you to stay on your healthy path!
- Helps Us Relax: when you show gratitude your focus is on what’s good in your life, and that goodness vibrates out into the world bringing back more loving kindness to you which makes you feel so much better about yourself.
- Improves Sleep: gratitude can help us fall asleep more quickly, help us stay asleep and can improve the quality of our sleep. That means we’ll be happier, our cravings will go away, inflammation will decrease, our body composition will improve, and we’ll have more energy.
- Strengthens Immunity: gratitude helps us shift from flight or fight (stress) mode to rest and digest (relaxation) mode. This improves immune function, improves our ability to cope, decreases pain perception, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar, and overall helps to balance hormones and brain chemistry.
- Increases Energy: feelings of gratitude has been correlated with improved mental and physical vigor.
- Makes Us Feel Good: we’re happier because we’re focused on the good in our lives instead of the bad.
- Better Food Choices: when we are more in gratitude and therefore more balanced, our cravings subside and we are able to make better food choices that improve our health.
- Improves Self Esteem: Gratitude reduces social comparisons and allows us to appreciate other’s accomplishments.
- Improves Moods: gratitude reduces toxic emotions like resentment, regret, frustration, and envy. Research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
How blessed are we that we all the ability to cultivate gratitude, anytime, anywhere. And for PCOS it’s essential for our healing. It helps us to produce more balanced brain chemistry and hormones, which will help us substantially change our behavior.
You already know what to do, and having a practice of gratitude will help you get there.
So what’s next? Grab yourself a pretty journal and write down 5 new things that you’re grateful for today.