It is not happiness that brings us gratitude. It is gratitude that brings us happiness.
TODAY CONTINUING 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.
It is Thursday, closer to the weekend!
An attitude of gratitude is essential for a happier and healthier life.
And if you do not believe us, then look to science.
Gratitude "can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep," Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis, previously told TODAY.
With that in mind, make it a habit to praise all of life’s biggest and smallest moments.
Perhaps, that means mailing thank-you notes to loved ones, giving thanks in prayer to a higher power or counting your blessings in a gratitude journal.
When something bad happens in our life that is not in our control, we always remember to hope and pray for good to prevail.
But when something good happens unexpectedly, do we take a moment to be grateful for it?
Do we remember to be thankful to life?
If not than now be thankful for all the good things, good people, and good lessons in life.
Gratitude is a part of being thankful for the opportunity of getting to live and for the beautiful people we meet, the great experiences of life and the mesmerizing things we see.
It is a realization and realization are always good.
Being grateful for each small thing will give you list of good things to be happy about.
So always remember to forget the bad happenings after taking the life lessons out of them and always be grateful for every little thing that made you happy.
Continuing, GRATITUDE AND HOW IT CHANGES OUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPIER.
So, how does gratitude impact the mind and body?
Ultimate thoughts about how gratitude changes the brain.
As you can see, gratitude offers many benefits to the mind and body.
Not only does it help one focus on more positive feelings.
It also helps us avoid the pitfalls of rumination over the past.
Additionally, it also physically changes the brain.
People who show more gratitude have higher neural sensitivity in the brain associated with learning and decision making.
Over time, practicing gratitude becomes more habitual than forced, and it can help you feel more warmth and love toward others.
So, if you are feeling down about life or your circumstances, simply make a gratitude list.
Or write a letter to someone who impacts your life significantly.
We guarantee you will start to feel better in no time!
NOVEMBER 17th, 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?
National Hiking Day – November 17, 2022
Dan and I love walking, so this holiday is one of our favorites.
Also known as “Take A Hike Day,” National Hiking Day on November 17 may be one of the most important holidays out there.
For starters, there is more than 60,000 miles of trails across the nation.
Not to mention, hiking is great exercise allowing you to burn over 550 calories per hour.
Plus, being in the outdoors allows you to get away from your phone and appreciate nature’s beauty and wonder.
Hiking was not always the fashionable pastime it is today.
Before the Subarus and the Jeeps and the Patagonias built an industry around the activity, walking of any kind was considered an activity for the impoverished or the vagrant.
Until the Romantic era of the Victorian years inspired the likes of Walden and Thoreau to reconnect with nature and that, in turn, inspired the landscape architects to design parks with excellent walking trails (looking at you Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame).
Walking then became something of the educated, the unhurried, the luxurious.
Until John Muir came along and walked his way through the Sierra Nevadas in California and demanded that not only hiking, walking, meandering, sojourning, whatever you want to call it be accessible to every American citizen, but that the country should actively preserve natural areas of pristine ecology and beauty.
So, in 1890 he petitioned for the creation of the National Park System, and we were endowed with “America’s best idea”, Yosemite and Sequoia National Park.
But even before Muir, on the east coast a small group of people had banded together in 1876 to form the Appalachian Mountain Club, which had a goal to protect and preserve all hiking trails along the historic mountain range, as well as develop new ones.
So, whether you prefer to hit the jogging trails in Central Park or are prepping to backpack the entire Pacific Crest Trail, every step on a trail is with a lengthy line of explorers, trailblazers, and activists from before.
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.
FOREVER IS COMPOSED OF NOW’S.
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-
10-minute exercise, you can match your essential oils to your moods and the times of the day; start the day with uplifting aromas.
These are oils with aromas that will harmonize and balance you.
Mandarin- bitter-sweet, citrusy
Geranium- rosy-sweet, soft
Sandalwood- woody, spicy, calming
Petitgrain- fresh, green, citrusy
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
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Until Friday, it is not happiness that brings us gratitude. It is gratitude that brings us happiness.