Practise Gratitude at South Pacific Private Hospital

South Pacific Private Hospital in Curl Curl explain why they actively
encourage gratitude.

Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. It’s free, it’s accessible, it doesn’t take much time, and the benefits are tangible.

So why aren’t more of us doing it more regularly? 

The benefits of practising gratitude are significant. It has been shown that people who regularly practise gratitude, and who actively reflect on the things they are thankful for, as well as the things they forgive and choose to learn from, experience more positive emotions, can feel more alert and energised, have healthier and regular sleep patterns and experience more kindness in their lives. 

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and wellbeing. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and also has an impact on depression. So why aren’t more of us doing it more regularly? Why isn’t it a part of our everyday, every day?

At South Pacific Private Hospital, they believe in the importance of practising mindfulness, gratitude and in regular journaling. On a daily basis the client community engage in ten minutes of mindfulness and name what they are also grateful for in certain community based meetings. 

Gratitude can also play a role in improving psychological health. Emmon’s research outlined that gratitude can actually reduce the incidence of toxic emotions ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. 

However, it doesn’t just improve mental health; it has also been shown to support increased mental strength as well as levels of empathy while concurrently reducing rates of aggression. 

A 2012 study by the University of Kentucky observed that participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even in the face of negative or constructive feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.

If gratitude, forgiveness and mindfulness aren’t yet part of your daily mantra, perhaps you may want to take it a step farther towards it. The benefits are without question. The challenge that remains is creating a pattern in your life whereby this becomes ‘part of what you do’, as opposed to something you have to remind yourself to do.

Here’s South Pacific Private’s top list of 11 simple, free ways you can make gratitude your companion:

  1. Keep a gratitude journal.

  2. Reflect at the end of each day on what you are grateful for.

  3. Put yourself in the path of beauty or nature daily and reflect on what you see.

  4. Tell someone how much you appreciate them and why you are grateful for them.

  5. Include an act of kindness in your life each day.

  6. Volunteer for organisations that help others and give back.

  7. One day a week commit to looking for the positives in your day. 

  8. Forgive someone or something in order to give yourself the space to let it go.

  9. Live mindfully and try to take one day at a time. Don’t focus too much on the past or the future but try to be in the present.

  10. Create a gratitude jar, write down your daily gratitude and then read them back at the end of the year to reflect.

  11. Pay attention to your senses - everything you’re seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and maybe even tasting - and see how many things you can find to feel grateful for.

South Pacific Private supports mental health and addictions through a long-proven unique program. Part of that program encompasses gratitude, mindfulness and journaling. They believe that the research supporting the links between gratitude and mental health, depression and mental strength, or resilience, are an important part of the process of lasting change for individuals who are working on transforming their lives from addiction to sobriety or from depression to mental wellbeing. 

If you need support around addictions or other mental illness, you can call South Pacific Private 24/7 - including weekends - on 1800 063 332.