It’s celebration time of the year with so many holidays that everyone is celebrating around the world. So I was thinking what to write for the December newsletter?
As I gather my thoughts, I notice my emotional state: content, calm and peaceful. Sitting here preparing to write about gratitude, I realize that is exactly what I am feeling today.
My blessings are numerous. I have a career I am passionate about, which also allows me to work from home and create the schedule I want. In my life I have come across many individuals who express gratitude and appreciation to others in a heartfelt way, not just to be polite. I learned that just by being in this state of gratitude life can be such a blessings and full of wonder.
Researchers are finding that individuals who exhibit and express the most gratitude are happier, healthier, and more energetic. Grateful people report fewer symptoms such as headaches, stomach-ache, nausea, even acne, and spend more time nurturing themselves. And the more a person is inclined towards gratitude, the less lonely, stressed, anxious and depressed he or she will be.
So it certainly seems that developing a higher level of gratitude is emotionally, physically and mentally rewarding. But, how do you increase your feelings of gratitude when nothing seems to be going right, or life presents great challenges and adversity? Is it really possible to express gratitude when you are not feeling you have anything to be grateful for?
Although we may acknowledge gratitude’s benefits, it can still feel difficult to feel grateful when we are going through a difficult time or during holidays specially if you have lost someone or went through trauma. That’s why it makes so much sense to practice gratitude, in good times and not so good times. It may be human nature to notice all that is wrong or that we lack, but if we give ourselves the chance on a regular basis to notice all of life’s gifts and blessings, we can increase our sense of well-being, and create hope and optimism for the future—no matter what is going on.
As I have mention in my book Embrace Your Inner Self , here are 3 ways to start practicing gratitude to improve your well-being:
- Keep a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, write down 3-5 things from the day you feel grateful for. Simplicity is key. Your baby’s smile, a perfect sunset, making your appointment on time, your friends laughter. Relish the feeling you get when remembering and writing it down.
- Express your gratitude. Take the time to share your feelings. Not the simple, polite thank you, but the heartfelt emotions. Tell your friend or loved ones how her support and sense of humor helps you get through tough times, and how much it means to you. Don’t take your loved ones for granted. Let them know how much you love them and why.
- Look for what is right about a situation, not what’s wrong. Sure you’re frustrated by the bus being late, but thankfully you have an understanding boss. Service at the restaurant is poor, but you are lucky to afford an evening out surrounded by good friends. When you hear a friend moaning and complaining, challenge him or her to find the hidden opportunity or silver lining to the situation.
Just by starting with these 3 simple ways to practicing gratitude daily, you will start seeing and experiencing huge shifts in your energy and life.
Here is a list of my blessings that I am grateful for:
I am grateful to all of you who have signed up to receive my newsletters, who make time to read them and hope they can help you in some way.
I am grateful to all the workshops and all the clients I had this year in 2014 and send all of them a Wave of Love and Healing.
I am grateful for 2015 as it has already brought me many opportunities to keep walking on my life path.