As Thanksgiving is coming around the corner, gratitude comes to mind.
Being thankful shifts our focus on the positive things in life rather than the negative. Our mind tends to ruminate on the situations and people that emotionally aggravated us in some way, which can easily take us out of our joy. When we become bothered and disturbed by our outer circumstances, we are no longer in the place of gratitude but in a space of lack.
Gratitude makes us feel full, content and satisfied. The lack seems to disappear. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., the world’s scientific expert on gratitude has dived deep into the subject with multiple studies that have shown a link between gratitude and overall well-being. Gratitude increases happiness, lessens stress, and can improve our physical health too!
Our mind will always think of new botherations and complaints, but it is our responsibility to shift our mind away from this into positive thinking, More abundance flows from this space. And the more you do it, the more you train your mind to focus on the good in life. If you get fired from a job, maybe it is an opening for new opportunities later. If you ended a relationship, maybe it wasn’t right for you in the first place. Keep your heart and mind open without getting too fixated on certain expectations on how things need to be and learn to just see the good in everything. Life becomes more vibrant, joyful, and less taxing or burdensome.
So you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to be thankful. Be thankful now, everyday and every moment for whatever life brings you in any form or way is a blessing.
Ways to Practice Gratitude:
- Write 5 things you are grateful for in the morning or night
- Tell a closed loved one about how much you appreciate them
- Offer a helping hand to someone in need
- Compliment, encourage, and support those around you
- When supposedly “bad” things come your way, see how you can learn from them
- Find a way to always see the good out of the situation
- Post gratitude notes around the house as reminders
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