These days, I have an attitude of gratitude.
I’m speaking in slogans again.
It’s trite and corny. But truth be told, I’m a lil trite and a lot corny so, there you go.
How we choose to respond to a situation can be the difference between a fence mended or a bridge burned.
I’m talking about gratitude.
Each morning I make a mental list for all the things for which I’m grateful. It plants the seeds of a great day.
Life is short. Thanksgiving should be every day.
The term ‘gratitude’ is the latest to make the buzzword list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth discussing. An overused word perhaps, but gratitude has the ability to make change our day, promote healing and make our lives better. In 2007 Robert Emmons wrote a book, Thanks: How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. For over 8 years Emmons researched people who practiced gratitude. The findings were quite telling:
- Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress.
- Maintaining a gratitude journal for three weeks resulted in better sleep quality and duration, more energy and even more time spent exercising.
- A grateful approach to life can be one of the most effective ways of coping with disease, disability, and even death.
- Keep a gratitude journal– it keeps you focused on what really matters and inspires positive thinking
- Thank people without wanting a ‘You’re welcome’ in return
- Smile- research has shown that smiling can actually be good for you. Wired.com had an interview with Marianne LaFrance who wrote Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Work, Sex and Politics. She has studied the impact of smiling on the human body. So turn that frown upside down. It will truly make you feel better.
- Reflect– taking a moment to think about what makes us grateful changes our attitude. It can make tough moments easier to get through. Take a moment to remember that you got through hard times before. You can get through them again.
- Repeat– repeating actions cause habit, both bad and good. So repeat good actions and create positive habits that you can keep for life!
So now you. What makes you get grateful?
Make a list. Check it twice.
Reading it out loud can be nice.