In this news flash, we explore a topic known as the "secret path to happiness" and "a way to change your life" as you ASSESS THE POWER OF GRATITUDE.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar
Practicing gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. But while we may acknowledge gratitude's many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain.
So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.
Why does practicing gratitude makes so much sense?
When we practice giving thanks, instead of complaining, we give ourselves the chance to see more of life's opportunities and experience more joy, rather than the quick hit we get from seeking pleasure.
Would you like more joy in your life?
It's more a matter of where you put your focus and attention. Remember that gratitude isn't a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances you. It gives you hope.
What's there to be grateful for?
Anything you can think of - like the ability to read this news flash, flowers, colorful leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh food, your health, butterflies, breathing ...or being on the right side of the grass.
What's on your list?
Ways of Practicing Gratitude
- Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. Write three different things a day. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a different way.
- Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures. Share it. Place it somewhere you'll see first thing each morning.
- Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
- When you feel like complaining, "catastrophize" the situation for just a moment - imagine how it could be catastrophic - then immediately turn it around and give thanks for that the situation is not THAT. Train your brain to do quick turnarounds to see the wonder in how things ARE. You'll be amazed by how much better you feel.
- Make a game of finding the hidden, silver-lining in any challenging situation. How fast can you do it? 5...4...3...2...1... GO!
- Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for feeling grateful.
As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you'll be delighted to discover how much more content and hopeful you can feel. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.
Author’s content used under license © 2011 Claire Communications
Hey Lorraine, gratitude is like a muscle - it gets stronger the more you use it. Start flexing yours by saying: "I am grateful for..." ...right now.
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