A Season of an “Attitude of Gratitude”

November is officially National Gratitude month.
”An attitude of gratitude puts things into perspective, which frankly can at times be a challenge. The day to day concerns of life tend to side track our focus on what is good, what is working and what we are grateful for.
There are several ways that we can practice gratitude in our lives.

Did you know that by making a daily practice of acknowledging what you are grateful for actually rewires your brain? So gratitude is not just an attitude, but a behavior that results in chemical changes in your brain that impacts your life now in in the future.
Robert Emmons, a world-renowned expert on the science of gratitude says about his research in his book, Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier:

“We discovered scientific proof that when people regularly engage in systematic cultivation of gratitude, they experience a variety of measurable benefits: psychological, physical, and interpersonal. The evidence on gratitude contradicts a widely held view that all people have a ‘set-point’ of happiness that cannot be reset by any known means: in some cases, people have reported that gratitude led to transformative life changes. And, even more important, the family, friends, partners, and others that surround them consistently report that people who practice gratitude seem measurably happier and are more pleasant to be around.”

Gratitude Journal – By simply writing down what you are grateful for on a daily basis you can help rewire your brain.

I start out my day with  this gratitude journal. It is affordable, has a simple easy to use format and  only takes a few minutes a day to do. Gratitude can be the small things in life, like the warm cup of coffee or tea that you are holding, the warm bed that you just got out of, a good nights sleep, a cool breeze coming through your window, the sound of the trees rustling or more tangible things like your loved ones, the roof over your head and the food on your table.

You can buy this journal on Amazon. Click the link below:

Gratitude Journal on Amazon

 

Meditation – Refocusing your thinking through a daily meditation practice helps you to be fully present and reminded that in that moment, all is well. Sitting and simply breathing in and out for as little as 5 minutes a day shifts your your consciousness allowing your heart to open to more love, joy and gratitude.

To quote Thich Nhat Hanh, “…meditating is bringing your true presence to the here and now.”

Two of my favorite books on meditation are Sharon Salzberg’s, Real Happiness and Thich Nhat Hanh’s ,True Love. They are concise and in an easy to read format.

Being the crystal lover that I am , I would be remiss if I didn’t mention incorporating crystals into your daily rituals including meditation. You can use the same crystal or change it up to fit your needs for the day. Quartz is a great go to stone as it is easily programmable and has the ability to absorb, store, release and regulate energy. Other soothing go to stones for meditation are amethyst, lepidolite and rose quartz.

Shop for Amethyst

Shop for Lepidolite

Shop for Rose Quartz

 

Saying Thank You/Expressing Gratitude – One of my favorite quotes by Meister Eckhart is “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will suffice.”  I made a mixed media collage with that quote that hangs in my foyer as a daily reminder.

Saying thank you not only affects the person receiving this gesture of gratitude , it affects you on a cellular level. Research has shown that people who are more grateful have better heart health and more disease-fighting cells in their bodies.

A thank you can take on many forms. It can be in prayer or meditation stating, “thank you”, it could be a verbal thank you; like someone who held a door for you, the cashier at the check out counter , a teller at the bank, a delivery person, the list goes on. You can tell a friend or family member that you appreciate them and are grateful to have them in your life, A thank you note, a flower, any token of appreciation will do. Let’s conspire to make this season of gratitude a year round habit.

Thank you for reading this blog post.😊

From my heart to yours,

Christine

 

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