It’s that time of year! A time that invites you to reflect on what you’re grateful for.
Do you keep a daily gratitude journal? If not, today is a great day to start! Maybe despite the best intentions, gratitude often gets lost in the shuffle of your day-to-day life. I understand how easily this can happen. It can feel like just another “should” or just another item on an already daunting To-Do list.
BUT – gratitude really is worth making time for.
Writing in and logging reasons you are appreciative at the close of each day is the quickest, easiest (and totally FREE!) way to up-the-ante on your joy. Since where attention goes energy flows, doing this is a simple way to open yourself up to even MORE reasons to be grateful!
While it’s truly wonderful that this time of year reminds us to be grateful, imagine if it was an every day practice!?
What IF …
==> You lived each and every day from a place of appreciation?
==> You didn’t need a Thanksgiving holiday to be your prompt to pause and be aware of all you have to be grateful for?
==> You experienced thankful living every day?
Let’s join forces around THIS challenge:
This Thanksgiving, start Thanks-Living … as a way of life!
Studies (like research done by Robert Emmons of U.C. Davis and Michael McCullough of the University of Miami) have shown that practicing gratitude can improve your emotional and physical well-being.
“Practicing gratitude helps people extract the most out of life,” Emmons says. “People can also experience an overall shift to a more benevolent view of the world. I think it’s kind of a spiritual shift for some people because it makes them more aware of life as a gift.”
A spiritual shift. Appreciating life as a gift. Gratitude is powerful stuff!
Remember the last time you received a gift; how special you felt, how special the gift was to you, how you cherished what you received, how grateful you were knowing that someone else appreciated you and you decided how you would care for this new gift? Considering life as a gift, in my opinion, would have us all being more caring towards one another and being more intentional with what we did every day and how we interact with one another and how we spend our time on this earth.
In comparison, it’s been found that those who live WITH a grateful outlook:
- Feel better about their lives as a whole
- Exerperience greater levels of joy and happiness
- Feel optimistic about the future
- Get sick less often
- Exercise more regularly
- Have more energy, enthusiasm, determination, and focus
- Make greater progress toward achieving important personal goals
- Sleep better and awake feeling refreshed
- Feel stronger during trying times
- Enjoy closer family ties
- Are more likely to help others and offer emotional support
- Experience few symptoms of stress
As an early advocate of a daily gratitude practice, Dutch philosopher Rabbi Baruch Spinoza, suggested that each day for a month, ask yourself the following three questions:
- Who or what inspired me today?
- What brought me happiness today?
- What brought me comfort and deep peace today?
And, found amongst the wealth of our Create Your Life! article archives, I highly recommend reading “Moving From Grumpy to Grateful” for an example of how to keep a gratitude journal and be powerfully mindful of your results.
Whatever it is, I encourage you to find a daily gratitude practice that resonates for you – and then do it. Start with a one month commitment as a gateway toward creating a lifelong daily habit. It is truly life-changing to be living from a place of gratitude and appreciation.
Happy Thanks-Living to you!
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