Gratitude - feeling or being grateful
do you stop throughout your day, and think about the good things in
your life? Completing that process is called being grateful. Having a
sincere appreciation for both the people and possessions in your life.
This feeling or emotion is often praised as the "father of all
emotion". I personally believe that most likely stems from the fact
that every known major religion has an aspect of gratefullness in their
practices. Believers are exhorted to give thanks for the good in their
lives, and in some faiths even in tough challenges.
giving thanks matter? That may seem like a silly question or not
depending on your personal view of this emotion. Either way, an
attitude of gratitude has been proven to be a very beneficial component
in the lives of people who remind themselves of the good in their
lives. There are a number of studies that support this concept, and
have shown results that include improved health, mood, and better sleep
all by saying thank you more often.
Wow! So, how does someone
start to increase the frequency of giving thanks? I would imagine that
each and every person reading this is thankful for many things in their
lives, but may not verbalize that gratitude. Taking the time to focus
your mind, and really think about the good in your life is how outcomes
improve according to these studies. ( http://www.socialemotions.org/page5/files/Bartlett.DeSteno.2006.pdf
There are a couple of ways that you can experience the benefits of gratitude:
- Every morning when you wake up say one thing you're grateful for in your life.
- You can split up and say 5 things on one day as well.
- When you return home at the end of the day write down how grateful you are for the events that occurred during you day.
small, and see how you feel. Try doing it everyday for one week. Let
me know how it goes. The nice thing about gratitude or being thankful
is it can be a two way street. You can give and receive, and enjoy the
benefits no matter what direction your traveling. Take care.