Thanksgiving is a time of family, the Macy’s Day Parade, the beginning of the busy holiday season, and, of course, gratitude. Whether people put their faith and trust in God, religion, spirituality, the Universe or humanity, everyone comes together this time of year to express their thanks.
So, first, let us take the opportunity at LAFACE Labs to say how grateful we are to all of you, our family of customers, clients and friends who love and use LAFACE skincare products.
Gratitude as a way of Life
But gratitude should not just be a one-time-a-year thing. While the focus this upcoming week is on giving thanks, researchers say there are countless benefits of having a grateful attitude all year round. Here are just a few that we found:
For Your Health:
Sleeping Better – a recent study found that students in Alberta, Canada slept deeper and more soundly and woke up more refreshed when they jotted down a list of things they were thankful for before falling asleep.
Better Mood – a mind focused on gratitude gives you a more positive outlook, boosts your confidence and makes you someone others want to be around. Research shows that even people who are normally more negative, even when they initially feel forced to fake a more positive outlook are less vulnerable to depression and hopelessness.
Fewer Aches and Pains – a researcher at the University of California, Davis, says that in his decades of studying gratitude, he’s found that grateful people are far less susceptible to general aches and pains, as well as illness.
Less Stress – several studies have proven that focusing your thoughts on being grateful – even for just a few minutes each day can radically reduce stress, leading to a more positive outlook, stronger heart and more resilience to sickness.
For Your Relationships:
Significant Others – showing appreciation and counting your blessings, especially when done with your partner, can lead to stronger commitments, and more faithfulness. Being more grateful for the positive aspects of your relationship also makes it easier to open up about concerns and issues within the relationship.
At Work – A recent Harvard Business School study found that when employees feel valued, they have high job satisfaction, are willing to work longer hours, engage in productive relationships with co-workers and supervisors, are motivated to do their best, and work towards achieving the company’s goals. A simple, specific expression of gratitude – even between equal coworkers – means more to most employees than a raise.
New Friends – researchers found using just two simple words in conversation with a newly met acquaintance can influence that person to desire a more ongoing relationship almost instantly. What are the two words? “Thank you.” Of course…and it increases exponentially when the words are written down! Imagine how much you could improve existing relationships with a well-placed hand written thank you card! ( those are my favorite )
And that’s just a few examples!
The other thing an attitude of gratitude can bring – just by making the effort to make others feel appreciated, even if it’s not reciprocated, improves your outlook and energy. And when it the gratitude is mutually expressed, the results are astronomical for both parties. People may not remember everything however they DO REMEMBER how you made them feel.
Gratitude also brings out your inner beauty – enhancing your skincare regimen – and helps you see more beauty all around you. So make an effort to begin being more grateful today, and get the best thank you possible – from yourself!
At LAFACE Labs, we’re dedicated to bringing you the best in skin care and anti-aging advancements that use all natural, environmentally and vegan friendly, effective ingredients. We are fully dedicated to our customers, old and new, and we never engage in animal testing. If you’re just finding us, welcome, we look forward to having you as part of our LAFACE family!