Positive Impacts of practising GratitudeDharana Wellness Retreat near Mumbai & Pune, India Gratitude is defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. When we think of appreciation, being thankful and kindness, we automatically equate it to how we are with others, however, being grateful or showing gratitude does not mean only to the outside world, but also involves being kind to ourselves, being appreciative to ourselves and thankful for everything we have going on, despite challenges we face. The advantages of practicing gratitude are many; the ability to take time and reflect on our actions makes us wholesome. It makes us learn and unlearn concepts and ideas we have, making us feel more positive about ourselves and the world around us. Gratitude need not only be practiced for the big moments; it is equally important we do so daily. How does practicing Gratitude help? Mental health has been a topic of conversation lately and the importance of being mentally healthy is critical. Being grateful is one step closer to better mental health, as it keeps in check our emotions and increases happiness, while reducing negative feelings of resentment, jealousy and depressive thoughts. Gratitude not only improves your mental health, but also your physical health. The primary reason is because individuals who practice gratitude take care of their health, including exercise, meditation, regularly check on their health etc, leading to lesser physical issues and adopting better habits such as eating and sleeping well. It also helps us form better relationships, as the ability to empathize and acknowledge other people and ourselves helps maintain these relationships. It reduces aggression, improves self esteem and mental strength. One of Dharana Wellness Centre’s core philosophy lies in Spiritual Well-being, which is based on the the core Yoga philosophy – “Yogena Chitasya padena Vacha, malam shareerasya cha vaidyakena” which means the removal of impurities of the Mind, Body & Soul with a heavy emphasis on Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation and more, to heal your body holistically. ← 4 Ayurvedic Herbs you must include in your diet → Is a Paleo Diet beneficial for your body?