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There are many different ways to express gratitude—be it a quick thanks, a heartfelt card, or maybe a favor in return. No matter how you express it, being mindful of the moments when you feel gratitude can rewire your brain for the better. Research has found that simply feeling grateful, even if you don’t necessarily share those feelings with anyone, can boost your mental health in the long run and have lasting effects on the brain. Furthermore, expressing and accepting gratitude from others can strengthen you relationship and your overall sense of well-being.
It creates a moment of rest in the day
Thanks to our smartphones, we are switched to ‘on-mode’ all day and are constantly receiving information. So, writing in a diary can be looked upon as a daily moment of meditation. You briefly escape the here and now and, instead of filling your head with even more information, you actually make it emptier by writing it all down.
It’s good for the mind
Writing things down helps provide perspective and gives you a good overview and peace of mind. When you write something down, you no longer have to remember it; you can therefore let it go. Moreover, the writing process helps to sort out the constant chaos of thoughts.
You collect beautiful memories to look back on
It’s nice to be able to read back in five years’ time what you thought, did and felt now. You can see how you have grown or changed, and maybe laugh at the mistakes you’ve made at this time. But you also have a tangible memory of beautiful moments, which is a lot more personal than all those photos in your phone.
You get more self-insight
When you write things down, you quickly recognize patterns in your thoughts, feelings and actions. And because you can then listen to all those thoughts better, you can see more clearly what is important to you. This allows you to better assess where things sometimes still go wrong or discover what you really want.
It makes you more creative
Keeping a diary is also good for your creativity and imagination. Because you clear your mind, you leave a lot of room for new ideas. You will also become a better writer. If you write about your life every day, you can articulate and explain events, ideas and thoughts better.
Understanding the Stress Response
“The combination of reactions to stress is also known as the “fight-or-flight” response because it evolved as a survival mechanism, enabling people and other mammals to react quickly to life-threatening situations. The carefully orchestrated yet near-instantaneous sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety. Unfortunately, the body can also overreact to stressors that are not life-threatening, such as traffic jams, work pressure, and family difficulties”.
By Jeena Cho, Contributor covering mental health, mindfulness and work-life integration for Forbes Magazine Article published on July 14, 2016 | Read the Original Forbes Article When I tell people that I'm a lawyer who teaches other lawyers and...