Don’t forget a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
THIS WEEK DAN AND I WILL CONTINUE ON THE SERIES; GRATITUDE AND HOW IT CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER. PLUS, CONTINUING ON THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
As we get closer to Thursday; Thanksgiving, just remember, it isn't just about the food; it's a time to let loved ones know you’re grateful for them and all they do.
While you can always show your thanks with actions, sometimes it's best to put your gratitude into words with a thoughtful text, Instagram caption or handwritten Thanksgiving card.
A heartfelt sentiment of thanks really means so much, especially if you're spending the holiday apart.
But if you're not sure exactly what to write, get inspired by some of our quotes that we have been posting this month for friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else who helped you throughout the year.
It doesn't have to be long or wordy, just write a sentence or two like "Wishing you every blessing of this bountiful season" or "The greatest gift in life is friendship.
I’m so thankful for yours."
If laughter is the way to their heart, then opt for a funny message about your relationship or perhaps, their love for mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Otherwise, stick with one of the more sincere messages about gratitude.
How to incorporate a gratitude practice into your daily life?
If you want to incorporate gratitude into your life, you’ll be happy to know that it’s incredibly easy.
Practicing gratitude takes virtually no time, and it quickly becomes a habit that you don’t even need to think about.
Best of all, it has ripple effects that will quickly improve many aspects of your mental and physical health.
If you enjoy writing, keep a gratitude journal. This can take just a few minutes per day, and it’s fun to look back on.
To improve your sleep, write in a gratitude journal at bedtime or spend time thinking about what you’re grateful for when you get in bed at night.
As we learned, gratitude improves sleep duration and quality by changing pre-sleep cognitions.
If you live with family members or others, ask them every evening: What happened today that you’re grateful for?
If you have kids, start this practice at a young age.
Reframe something that you tend to think about negatively.
For example, if you’re not happy at your job, write down a list of the good things about your job.
You’ll likely find that by focusing on the positive aspects, you’ll feel more grateful and be happier at work.
When you say, “thank you,” make it heartfelt and genuine.
Sometimes we say it quickly, or not at all, if it’s implied.
Make it clear that you’re very grateful by following it up with “I really appreciate it” or explaining why what the person did for you was so helpful.
Continuing, GRATITUDE AND HOW IT CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER.
So, how does gratitude impact the mind and body?
Stop feeling sorry for yourself," we are often told.
And while it can be hard to avoid self-pity entirely, mentally strong people choose to exchange self-pity for gratitude.
Whether you choose to write a few sentences in a gratitude journal or simply take a moment to silently acknowledge all that you have, giving thanks can transform your life.
Tomorrow Dan and I will start posting seven scientifically proven benefits.
NOVEMBER 22nd, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about November that is so significant during this month?
Go For a Ride Day – November 22, 2022
Go For a Ride Day, celebrated on November 22, urges you to just get up and get out!
Do you ever feel like you’re tied to your laptop/phone/tablet screens?
We’ve become a sedentary bunch, a far cry from the people who discovered countries, oceans, and animals simply by getting off the couch and exploring.
Make today a day to set your spirit free and enjoy your wanderlust on whatever mode of transportation suits you best.
Bike, boat, car, skateboard, sleigh, it doesn’t matter what you choose! Pick a location you’ve always wanted to visit and make today the day you’ll go.
Birthdays are fun and Christmas means presents (if you’re lucky), but nothing quite compares with the magical day you get your driver’s license.
That’s when your world truly changes forever.
Cars mean freedom.
You can suddenly go anywhere at any time (if your parents are cool with your plans).
Such is the nature of transportation, something we in the 21st century take for granted.
We all grew up with planes, trains, and automobiles.
So, we’re quite used to getting where we need to go.
But it wasn’t always that way.
When President Jefferson asked Lewis (and, eventually, Clark) to explore the American West in 1804, there were no nonstop flights from St. Louis to the Oregon coast.
As the History Channel describes it: “The excursion lasted over two years.
Along the way they confronted harsh weather, unforgiving terrain, treacherous waters, injuries, starvation, disease and both friendly and hostile Native Americans.
Nevertheless, the approximately 8,000-mile journey was deemed a huge success and provided new geographic, ecological, and social information about previously uncharted areas of North America.”
And today we complain about trying to squeeze our carry-ons into the overhead bin.
Americans have always loved to “go for a ride”, with whatever mode of transportation existed.
And of course, the ubiquitous car.
The nation had a long love affair with automobiles starting in the mid-20th century and lasting until recently; as a new generation of car buyers, born after the car craze, loses interest in design and focusing instead on practicality.
Stellar gas mileage makes Priuses as sexy as Porsches.
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes, one quote and share with you.
COMPASSION IS OF LITTLE VALUE IF IT JUST REMAINS AN IDEA. IT MUST MOTIVATE HOW WE RESPOND TO OTHERS AND BE REFLECTIVE IN ALL OUR THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS.
Today Dan and I will be continuing the book, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; SMELL
SMELL; TIME CYCLES AND RHYTHMS-
AROMATIC SKIN AND HAIR TREATS-
Are you ready for the first recipe?
GERANIUM AND PETITGRAIN-OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB
This paste tones the skin by removing dead skin cells, as well as soothing and softening the surface area.
1. In a small bowl put two tablespoons fine oatmeal.
2. One tablespoon milk.
3. Two drops geranium and two drops petitgrain.
4. Stir to a paste and apply to the face with small circular movements.
5. Massaging carefully for five minutes, avoiding the eye area.
6. Wipe off with moist cotton pads.
7. Rinse the skin with warm water and pat dry.
Tomorrow, another recipe for your skin-
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
Until Wednesday, remember that what you have now was once among the things you hoped for.