Do it Now Gratitude Games: Game 1: Count Your Blessings
Name 3 things you are grateful for. This is the opportune moment. Do it right now.
The Science: Gratitude is linked to better sleep.
Three studies on the relationship of gratitude to sleep:
First study: Individuals with neuromuscular disorders make nightly lists of things for which they are grateful.
Results: After three weeks, participants reported getting longer, more refreshing sleep. Researchers: Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough (UC Davis)
Second study: Students write a gratitude journal for 15 minutes each evening.
Results: Students report less worry, longer and better sleep.
Psychologist: Nancy Digdon
Third study: 400 adults of all ages – 40% with sleep disorders – reported on their levels of gratitude, sleep, and pre-sleep thoughts.
Results: Gratitude was related to having more positive thoughts, and fewer negative ones, at bedtime. This, in turn, was associated with getting to sleep more quickly and a longer, better sleep.
Researchers: at the University of Manchester in England
Why does gratitude improve sleep?
The theory: When we cultivate gratitude throughout the day, we are more likely to have positive thoughts as we go to sleep and this effect lasts throughout the night. Gratitude builds optimism which sends an “all is well’ message to our body giving us the ability to rest.
Definition: Gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; it is a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.
As you received Christ so live in Him,. . . abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)
Bonus round: Name 3 more things you are thankful for.
(Photo: Dominguez Escalante Canyon Colorado)