The Miracles of Everyday Life
Health Benefits from an Attitude of Gratitude
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.” Albert Einstein/Gilbert Fowler White
This time of year, our thoughts naturally turn to giving thanks for everything in our lives that bring us happiness and joy. But did you know that cultivating an attitude of gratitude can do more than make you happier? Adopting a grateful mindset as your default can deliver both mental health and physical health benefits that greatly improve your life. Personally, I am working hard on changing the way I think about situations in which I have no control and noticing the miracles in my life. I am more aware of how I speak and want to keep my words positive.
Maintaining a positive attitude can help you:
To reap the benefits, you first need to cultivate practices that will help you build your gratitude “muscle”! Here are three things to try, starting today:
- Keep a gratitude journal. All it requires is noting one or more things you are grateful for on a daily basis. You don’t need a fancy notebook to do this as it’s more about the ritual of writing down, daily, the positive things you appreciate. Baby steps that are consistent will develop new habits. Here is the link for my favorite journal The Five Minute Journal.
- Replace negative self-talk with positive comments to condition yourself to be kind to yourself. Bashing yourself takes a toll on your health.
- Uplift someone else by doing something kind and notice how it impacts your energy and mood.
I am extremely grateful to have you as part of my community. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank you for all that you do to improve your own health and the health of the people you love! I’d like to wish you and your family, a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving. This year it’s just going to be my husband and I, for a COVID-19 safe Thanksgiving.
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