Living in the age of technology has its highs and lows, and while you might be tempted to sort everything out in a few clicks- whether it comes to jotting down a to-do list or penning down a message to your loved ones, it might just be a good idea to do it the old-school way!
With Valentine’s day coming up, you might be tempted you spend all your time planning out the best possible way to spoil that special someone; but how about getting out a pen and paper, and putting down a love letter?
Believe it or not, putting down a positive and loving piece of content in your own handwriting has an immensely positive effect on your brain, and therefore, on your physical self as well.
A few studies have also confirmed the effectiveness of engaging in positive and gratitude writing on the physical health, and found that participants who engaged in such activities experienced a definite improvement in their health.
Focusing more on the feelings of happiness, gratitude and love can help reduce social anxiety significantly, and also improve relationships and reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body.
Infact, a recent report published in the journal Neuroendocrinology titled ‘Love promotes Health,’ speaks just about that! The report finds that focusing more on feelings of love and pleasure could stimulate health, well-being and productivity.
So get out that cute little notebook and a red, sparkly pen, and put down your thoughts and feelings onto it- it’ll make you feel better too!
And for those of you who are single or going through a heartbreak, well, consider starting with a gratitude journal. Love doesn’t just have to be your better half- it can be the people you already have in your life- your friends, family and pretty much anyone else you feel at peace with.
So pick your five favorite people in the world, and sit down to write a love letter to them- in paper and ink, particularly if you’re feeling not-so-good.
At the end of it, you may actually experience an improvement in your mood, and who knows, you might actually want to start maintaining a gratitude journal!
For those of you who don’t know what a gratitude journal is, well, it is a simple journaling idea- helping you keep track of the things you’re grateful for in your entire day.
So if you think you’re a pessimist, or simply going through a bad phase, maintaining a gratitude journal may change things.
Pick up a cute journal online- personalize it if you feel like it, and every single day, before you go off to bed, remember to note down 10 things you’d like to thank God (or any other higher power that you believe in) for, and end with the words ‘Thank you, Thank you, Thank you’ in succession.
Do this everyday, and if you can, team it up with meditation and visualization practices. Finally, give it some time, and experience the world around you turning beautiful and joy filled.
Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t. Millions of people around the globe are now understanding the experiencing the benefits of positive thinking and creative visualization to shape their life.
So go ahead and take charge of your life!