Gratitude changes everything.
Thank goodness it is Friday!
An attitude of gratitude.
This is not only a great rhyme but a great way to live.
Dan and I in previous posts had blogged about gratitude.
We welcome you to go to this page https://www.thejourneytogoodhealth.com/blog and on the right-hand side of page where the #hashtag words are and click on gratitude, thankful.
You should always be grateful for the things you have.
Thankful for everything big and small that fills your life and makes it special.
With the hustle and bustle of modern-day life, too many people get it backwards.
They decide they will be grateful when they get a promotion, a new job, a home, a new car, a raise, gifts, or other tangible things from people they know.
But this is backward!
If you want to gain more success and more happiness, then the first step is to be grateful for the many things you have.
Only after you build an attitude of gratitude can you begin to grow and build on your happiness or achieve a measurable level of success that does not feel empty.
So, as we have been exploring words and how it effects our health, I welcome you to check out the past two weeks posts with words such as, time, faith, self-worth, happiness, encouragement, self-talk, optimism, karma, forgiveness, trust, appreciation, thoughts and words, power, rebuilding, passion, confidence, connection, transitioning, motivation, preparation, coping, laughter, empowerment, and limitations.
Today the word is gratitude.
Gratitude means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
Expressing gratitude is associated with a host of mental and physical benefits.
Studies have shown that feeling thankful can improve sleep, mood, and immunity.
Gratitude can decrease depression, anxiety, difficulties with chronic pain and risk of disease.
If a pill could do this, everyone would be taking it.
Your brain is designed to problem-solve rather than appreciate.
You often must override this design to reap the benefits of gratitude.
Dan and I simply show gratitude daily, just as if we would take that magic pill if it existed.
We start our day by thinking of someone we are grateful for as soon as you wake up.
This could be appreciating a friend who sends you daily texts, or the barista who hands you your coffee and shares friendly conversation, or even your soulmate.
Later, thank that person with a text, note or kind word when you see the person.
Remember that behavior changes biology.
Positive gestures benefit you by releasing oxytocin, a hormone that helps connect people.
Some people call it the love hormone.
You will also benefit the person on the other end of the gesture.
After all, who does not like to be thanked for their efforts or just for being who they are?
Sharing kindness can make you healthier and happier.
Another idea is to keep a gratitude journal.
Set aside some time during your day, perhaps while attempting to relax your mind before sleep.
Think back on your day and write down the things that went right.
Maybe your spouse took care of a household repair, you heard your favorite song on the radio, or you saw a double rainbow.
Try writing about the many blessings you may have taken for granted, such as having clean water or having certain abilities.
Our lives are full of reasons to feel thankful.
Sometimes we need to remember to notice them.
What are you grateful for today?
Continuing as in the previous posts; 365 morning meditations for joyful days all year long.
The book is SUNRISE GRATITUDE by Emily Silva.
IF YOU WANT A CHANGE TO OCCUR, you must do something about it.
Like a caterpillar goes through the process of creating a cocoon, you too can do the hard work to create the transformation you desire.
Success does not happen overnight; a process is required.
Do something every day that serves your desired result.
Each stride will change you just a little and prepare you for what is next.
Eventually you will emerge, like a caterpillar from the chrysalis, transformed and more vibrant.
PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Dan and I have started back bouncing and walking to Walk at Home YouTube.
It is always important to change your routine around you but continue keeping a healthy lifestyle.
For us, that may be walking through a park, walking in a mall, or going to the gym and just staying home, bouncing, and walking to Walk at Home with YouTube.
This also includes daily meditation and twice a week Tai Chi.
Guided Meditation for Thankfulness, Gratitude & Appreciation
Become truly thankful using this original 10-minute guided meditation.
The energy of gratitude is beautiful, but in this meditation, we will help you rise from gratitude into the even stronger energy of pure appreciation.
If you would like to follow with us; hash tag words #walk, #meditation #Qigong on the right of the main blog page.
Until Saturday, gratitude is basically a form of mindfulness.
The power of gratitude is that you slow down and experience and
enjoy all the good things that are already there.
What are you grateful for today?