The Attitude of Gratitude

19 Nov

It’s the start of Thanksgiving week and as we’re winding down, it’s a wonderful time to think about all of the right things in our life. Small and large, gratitude helps keep our lives unique, stable, and worth living. It’s a great way to keep the positive at the forefront to better handle the rest. To really get this point across to myself, at the start of the month, I set a glass jar in our dining room next to a cigar box full of blank construction paper. The gist is to write a thing or two down for which we are grateful, fold it up, and watch our gratitude grow. It’s colorful and simple and it’s a wonderful display that quickly adds up!

Gratitude is free and it’s powerful. For all of the annoyances or stresses, it helps us keep a fresh and optimistic perspective.  It’s easy to do the opposite. PLUS there are wonderful health benefits.

By consistently practicing gratitude, it has shown to:

  • boost your immune system
  • deal with stress more effectively
  • handle loss more effectively
  • more apt to take proactive measures for your health and wellness (goes along with increase your immunity)

An interesting book with research regarding the effects of gratitude is called “Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude can make You Happier” by Robert Emmons.  It suggests that after just 3 weeks of keeping a gratitude journal, participants saw a 25% increase in their happiness, better sleep and increased energy. Negativity can have a lasting effect and is sometimes seems easier to do. Constantly focusing on frustrations can overpower even the most important and simplistically beautiful things in our lives.

So I ask, what are some ways that you practice gratitude?

Take Care!


4 Responses to “The Attitude of Gratitude”

  1. Joann Sellati April 13, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Thank you for bringing this very important attitude to our attention. I know that this is something that is missing in my life, to give thanks for all I have and all the blessings that God has given to me and my family. The jar is a great way to make us take a moment and consciously bring to mind that which God has done for us. Amen!!!!!

    Sent from my iPad

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