Attitude of Gratitude: Yes, Thank You!

With the holiday season in full swing, I have been getting excited about sharing some tips on fueling your life with even more positivity, more blessings and more joy.  The secret? Gratitude!​

Gratitude seems to have an undeniably positive, albeit difficult to explain, effect on they who practice it.  While the study of gratitude is in its infancy, there already exists a body of research with mostly positive evidence in support of the tie between practicing gratitude and an overall sense of well-being (Sansone & Sansone, 2010).  Results of a study by leading scientific researcher on gratitude Robert Emmons and co-author Michael McCullough (2003) found that gratitude listing participants reported more satisfaction with their lives as a whole, felt more connected with others and had greater optimism for the coming week than did participants in the control group.​

Positive psychology research studies have shown that there is a strong, consistent association between gratitude and greater happiness (Harvard University, 2011).​

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Researchers at Berekely have found that gratitude:​

  • Unshackles us from toxic emotions​
  • Helps even if you don’t share it​
  • Benefits take time (study showed difference after 4 weeks’ practice writing gratitude letters)​
  • Has lasting effects on the brain (Wong & Brown, 2017)​

Practicing gratitude can lead to positive health benefits and greater satisfaction in life so why not take the opportunity today to start? ​

Writing thank you cards or thanking sending a wish of thanks to someone mentally is a great practice!

Harvard University (2011) gives some fantastic suggestions on how to make gratitude practice a simple part of your life:​

-Write a thank-you note

-Thank someone mentally​

-Keep a gratitude journal​

-Pray​

-Meditate​

-Count your blessing​s


Ohm-my, meditation is divine!

I am particularly a fan of gratitude journaling.  It is a great activity for right when you wake up and/or right before bed.  What better way to start and end your day than with sending out vibrations of gratitude that are bound to attract more of the same to you?​


References:

Emmons, R.A. & McCullough, M.E. (2003).  Counting blessings vs. burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389​.

Harvard University (2011).  In praise of gratitude. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude

Wong, J. & Brown, J. (2017).  How gratitude changes you and your brain.  Retrieved from https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain

 

Celebrate Friendship

You ever have those moments when you connect with a great friend at just the right moment in your life?

 

I had one of those this past week.  One of my dear friends and I got to share stories, memories and laughs as well as encourage each other to enhance our lives in some way.  We talked for the better part of an hour and I had a smile on my face that lasted after the call.  Over the next couple of days I connected with 4 of my best friends and I experienced healing, joy, gratitude, love and peace from those simple yet profound conversations.

That is the beauty of friendship.

I am so thankful for the deep, meaningful friendships that I have in my life.  Their love reminds me that God and the universe truly loves me and is moving things in a positive flow to aid me in my intentions to create the life I desire.

I encourage you to reflect on your relationships this moment.  Is there someone who stands out as being a truly amazing, supportive and loving friend at all times? If so, I encourage you to take a moment right NOW to pick up the phone and call them and tell them what they mean to you (texts and emails are nice, too-but a call is so much more powerful because we can hear each other’s voice and feel the energy and emotion there).

I appreciate your presence on this site right now and I hope that reading these words will remind you of the beauty, light and power that lives in you.