Simple spiritual practices have profound and tangible effects on our health and happiness. Take the act of practicing gratitude over your morning cup of coffee. Attuning ourselves to the gifts in our life shifts our perspective from one of scarcity to abundance, and this can lead to physical benefits as well. A study out of the University of Miami split participants into three groups: The first noted what they were grateful for during the week, the second noted things that irritated them, and the third noted things that had no effect. After 10 weeks, the gratitude group felt more optimistic and better about their lives than the other two groups. Plus, a follow-up study found that the gratitude group had fewer visits to the doctor than the group who focused on their frustrations.
Even practicing mindfulness and compassion for a few moments a day has a radical effect on our health, happiness, and well-being. One study on mindfulness and compassion published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine by the Institute of Health, found that those who practice mindfulness and compassion deal better with stress, are more forgiving, feel happier in their lives, and are more connected to their life purpose.
Spending time outdoors is a spiritual practice that directly improves health and happiness. A study by the Journal of Environmental Health found that simply standing barefoot on the earth did the trick, reconnecting us to the earth’s surface electrons, which have a profound impact on well-being. It ultimately led to better sleep, reduced pain, and a more positive outlook on life. Being in contact with dirt also releases serotonin in our brains.
Creating a spiritual practice touches every part of your life and leaves you nourished, slows you down, and reminds you that all you need lies within. Whatever your spiritual practice, watch how it provides you with more internal space. Just like a single drop of water on a still pond, our spiritual practices ripple out to every corner of our lives.
These crystal rituals, self-love practices, and morning routines are just what you need to kick-start your spiritual practice.