It’s that time of year when we gather around the dinner table with family and friends to give thanks, share a traditional meal, and reminisce on happy times gone by.
What happens though when the table is cleared, the dishes are done, and the turkey is gone? Are we continuing to be grateful as a daily practice? Do we leave expressions of gratitude for the third Thursday in November, or do we keep up the practice of giving thanks? Honestly, if you don’t keep the gratitude spirit going year round, you may want to consider picking up the habit.
Recent studies in the field of psychology (particularly work done by Dr. Robert Emmons, one of the leading scientific experts on this subject) teach us that gratitude is a powerful practice that can transform common days into joyful thanksgivings, routine jobs into successful careers, a depressed mindset into happiness, a struggling immune system and high blood pressure into health and vitality, and ordinary daily opportunities into incredible blessings.
Truly, a gratuitous heart can change our lives. And it’s more than just positive thinking that causes these positive results. Chemicals in our brain are released when we are grateful and these neurochemicals help us manage stressful situations and ease our personal pain.
Here are a few tips for practicing gratitude!
- Write a thank you note
- List what you’re grateful for
- Use essential oils to restart your thinking patterns
Our mental state is the key to being happy and healthy. As we serve others and continue to give thanks, our mental state will naturally be uplifted and strengthened. Our perspective can't help but change from negative to positive.
Gratitude can help us look outside of ourselves for answers. As we do so we naturally stop dwelling on our problems and begin to notice solutions. This can bring happiness, peace, and a stronger mentality.
As Buddha taught, “The secret of health for both body and mind is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
Take a moment and be grateful for the “now.” In so doing, you will not only improve your physical state, but also heal and strengthen your mental health. It's as simple as that.
Apply these tips and gratitude can help transform your life, strengthen your character, and help you live a beautiful life!
Happy Thanksgiving with love!
PS, Practice habits of gratitude by taking our Gratitude Course!
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