What if I told you there is something that can increase the happiness in your marriage immediately?!
I know it may seem too good to be true, but this powerful key has as many benefits for you as it can have on your marriage!
Let’s start by looking at the long list of benefits that research shows it produces:
- increases happiness
- improves sleep
- enhances mood
- increases creativity
- increases vitality
- improves cardiac function
- increases resilience
- increases pleasure
- Increases awareness
- Feeling more awake
- Increases self-satisfaction
- Stronger immune system
- Less body pain and aches
- Improves communication
- Increases empathy
- More likability
- Increase in ability to collaborate
- Increases ability to bounce back from adversities with strength & motivation
- Increases positive emotions
- Helps you release toxic emotions
And the list literally keeps going!
Any guesses of what this miracle magic is? It is a nine letter word that starts with G…
Research shows that when we give and receive gratitude, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin. The two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for making us feel ‘good’. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy inside.
By consciously practicing gratitude everyday, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen themselves and ultimately create a permanent grateful and positive nature within ourselves.
In 2018, a study was done by a group of phycologists on one hundred of their patients seeking mental health guidance. Half of the group was asked to write daily letters of gratitude alongside their therapy sessions. And the other half were asked to journal about their daily negative experiences.
The ones writing gratitudes felt better and recovered sooner and the ones who wrote about their negative experiences reported increased feelings of anxiety and depression.
Now let’s think about that with your marriage.
How much of your time do you and your spouse spend talking and thinking about negative experiences and how much time do you spend talking and thinking about your appreciation and gratitude for your partner and your marriage?
I love this quote: “It is not happiness that brings us gratitude. It is gratitude that brings us happiness.”
If you are like me, you may be recognizing that you want some more gratitude in your life and in your marriage.
William Arthur Ward wrote: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
If it can do all of that, just imagine what it can do for your marriage!
If you’d like to learn more about gratitude and the simple, 5 minute challenge my husband and I did to increase gratitude and happiness in our marriage, check out this episode on from the Hey Julia Woods YouTube channel!
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