Gratitude researcher Robert Emmon has found that keeping a gratitude journal can not only have positive psychological and social effects, but physical effects as well. After three weeks of writing in a gratitude journal, people feel less lonely and more compassionate, outgoing, and forgiving. In addition, they reported having lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, and a healthier sleep cycle. By acknowledging what we are thankful for, we are also acknowledging that there is goodness in the world.
Thinking about what is good around us each morning is a positive way to start out the day. Keep a journal next to the coffee maker as a reminder to take a moment to reflect on what you are grateful for while you sip some morning coffee.