Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which inspires many of us to count our many blessings; to pause and practice gratitude. Whenever we tap into the power of gratitude, we feel happier and more fulfilled. Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have, and what is truly important in our lives. Gratitude is an emotional energy with its own unique, high vibrational frequency. Gratitude is the recognition of the connections we share with everything: ourselves, other people, other living creatures, Mother Earth, and even material objects.
Expressing gratitude promotes the savoring of positive experiences and leads to other positive emotions, such as enthusiasm and inspiration. It turns out there’s good scientific evidence that practicing gratitude is good for our emotional and physical health. Yes, gratitude is a practice. The more you do it, the more natural it becomes, and the more you and your loved ones’ benefit. Gratitude, it turns out, can be taught and learned. And it works.
Go small. It’s easy to appreciate the big stuff, but it takes a little effort to notice all the tiny things. Go small with your gratitude daily and notice the tiny things that bring you joy. (The smell of coffee. Someone’s smile. Laughter. A hug. The sound of rain falling. Sunshine. Beauty in nature). If you practice scanning for the little things that you appreciate, you just might be connecting to gratitude all day long. Turn everything into a gift.
Try a gratitude notebook. Write in a notebook whenever you think of something you are grateful for. The notebook will fill up quickly. Thoughts and words of gratitude are powerful triggers of optimism. When these thoughts are repeated frequently, the brain connects thoughts and words of gratitude with a sense of well- being. If the notebook feels like too much, then take a few minutes each day to think of all the things you are thankful for – you’ll still experience the positive benefits of gratitude.
An attitude of gratitude will help you find joy in every day…Happy Thanksgiving!!