Gratitude, Part 3

Gratitude, Part 3

Shaymin the Gratitude Pokémon

Being grateful has its health benefits, too! It’s like exercise — the more you do it the easier it gets and the better it feels (also, “use it or lose it”). And don’t forget, philosophers consider gratitude to be a virtue!

Don’t dwell on the negative.
Change your perspective.
If anything, just be thankful for the opportunity that was created and the lesson you have learned.

Gratitude can:

  • Lower your blood pressure, anxiety and hostility.
  • Help lower your stress level and ease the pain of loss.
  • A thankful attitude can make quitting smoking and losing weight easier.
  • Grateful people are less likely to feel depression, phobias and suffer from addiction. They generally take better care of themselves all-around.

Things to be grateful for:

  • WordPress 😉
  • Your job
  • Today
  • The vehicle that gets you to your job every day so you can pay your bills.
  • The sunrise/set
  • Music!
  • Dishwashers
  • Farmers
  • Etc… (I’m pretty sure you get it :))

Ways to help you feel gratitude:

  • Keep a gratitude journal (this is a very popular method)
  • Make a list of the things that make you happy – ask yourself, “Do I take any of these for granted?”
  • Write a Thank You note and deliver it (or not…)
  • Look for the good in “bad” things.
  • Use the power of your gratitude to help others feel good about themselves.
  • Give yourself pep-talks — reflect on challenging situations you have been in and praise yourself for the way you handled it/them.
  • Show gratitude to your body with some meditation, Tai Chi or yoga — breathe in and out repeating the words “thank you” while you praise the wonderful things your body and mind do for you…

Believe me, the more you say “Thank you” and show your appreciation for the little things, the better you will feel. The more I appreciate me and the things around me, the less validation I need to “get by”. It’s a most interesting thing!

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