It’s that time of the year when: many will be choosing to give thanks and celebrate and possibly enjoy big meals and celebrations together with family and/or friends.
For what are You personally thankful? Have You thought deeply about the mental and physical wellness benefits of being grateful?
Professor Robert Emmons, of the University of California at Davis, says: “Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress, and to achieve a positive sense of self.”
Do You have a Gratitude Attitude? And is it year-round?
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” Robert Braathe
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” Naomi Williams
“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate each special day.” Rasheed Ogunlaru
“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou
Gratitude is a positive attitude leading to wellness that is worth cultivating. All of us have many reasons for gratitude. Please notice this excerpt from Time Magazine:
“People who describe themselves as feeling grateful . . . tend to have higher vitality and more optimism, suffer less stress, and experience fewer episodes of clinical depression than the population as a whole.”
Many have tried keeping a Gratitude Journal which has helped them to concentrate on the positives in their lives and not negatives.
- Go for depth over breadth. Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things.
- Get personal. Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.
- Try subtraction, not just addition. One effective way of stimulating gratitude is to reflect on what your life would be like without certain blessings, rather than just tallying up all those good things.
Every Day and each breath is a gift! Life is precious and sharing our joys with others including family and friends is much for which to be Grateful. Gratitude is infectious, so if you get any FLU this season, I hope it’s the Gratitude Flu! Share the Joy Year-Round!Chato Stewart Consumer Peer Ambassador