In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to slow down and be thankful for what we currently have. After all, you may be used to always striving for something bigger and better, without showing gratitude for living in the present moment. When you become a senior, your golden days may not always be filled with optimism. Chronic pains and feelings of loneliness may result in negative emotions being born. However, in this article, we hope that you can find out the importance of gratitude and how you can practice gratitude daily!
What Is Gratitude?
Although we may be hearing the phrase ‘gratitude’ very frequently, perhaps we do not fully grasp what it means to be grateful. Gratitude put simply is just being thankful. It is an uplifting emotion that you may experience after undergoing a positive experience. Feeling gratitude is an amazing motivating force that can drive you forward. It encourages you to be optimistic every single day. Gratitude has a significant effect on both your physical health and emotional well-being.
Learning to be grateful is akin to having a shift in your mentality. Expressing gratitude allows you to replace the emotions of lack with emotions of satisfaction. As such, you learn to be more optimistic by seeing all that you have right now, in your life!
Gratitude can improve both pre-existing relationships and help to build new bonds. When we see others expressing appreciation towards us, we see that as a potentially meaningful friendship and choose to invest more of our time in that individual. As seniors, forming such meaningful relationships can be a good source of comfort and allows you to be more social. It may get easy to be isolated as a senior which is why expressing gratitude is a great way to ease such feelings of loneliness.
There has been a proven connection between the mind and the body. Hence, when you feel more fulfilled emotionally, your physical body starts feeling better too! Seniors who showed more gratitude have displayed better memory and shown a lower risk of inflammation. At Rittenhouse Village At Portage, our team believes in the importance of remaining healthy as a senior. This is why we have a plethora of events organized for the holistic wellness of our seniors. We think that health is wealth!
Learning to be more grateful does not need to be a challenging task. You can start by writing down three things that you are thankful for before sleeping to inculcate gratitude as a long-lasting attitude. You can also reach out to your loved ones and express how thankful you are to them! If you want to find a senior living community to be grateful for, Rittenhouse Village At Portage is the place for you. We are a happy retirement community that is sure to brighten up your spirits every day. Our dedicated team members provide careful attention to all of our seniors, so you can be sure that you will be well taken care of with us!