But oh, the benefits!
Why are so many researchers excited about an attitude of gratitude?
It seems our brains are wired to thrive on it.
In fact, being thankful may be one of the fastest ways to improve your outlook on life.
Grateful people have fewer aches and pains. They feel healthier and take better care of their health. Says a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.
Gratitude increases happiness. And decreases those toxic emotions like depression, envy, resentment, frustration and regret.
At least Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is convinced of this. He’s a leading gratitude researcher. And he’s conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being.
Did you know…
That’s what a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being says.
Even just a few minutes of writing down some grateful thoughts in a journal before bed. It just may help you sleep better and longer.
Researchers also feel gratitude can help you overcome trauma.
For example, a 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War Veterans who practiced being more grateful experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology said gratitude was a big reason why people were able to bounce back following the terrorist attacks on September 11.
Realizing all you have to be grateful for, even during the worst times in your life…can make you a more resilient person.
The best time for this is early in the morning. It gets your mind, body and your day off to a healthy start.
Do some light exercise, like walking. Just moving your body puts you in a better frame of mind.
Try some deep breathing as you begin exercising. A few minutes of this and you’ll be more alert and better able to think.
The following prompts are super positive. Yet they might remind a few people of some pain or loss.
If they do, quickly work to replace these thoughts with appreciation for the things you do have.
You will always have negative things to think about.
But equally true, you will always have positive thoughts to replace them with.
When you’re not grateful, you’re stressed and poor. When you’re grateful, you’re rich!
Well, you’re alive. You have a measure of health.
Think of your heart that faithfully beats, day in, day out. Your eyes that see smiles and laughter. Your ears that allow you to hear beautiful music and warm conversations.
Your hands that empower you to work. Your feet that bring you places. Your skin that allows you to enjoy the sense of touch.
You have choices to make. You have freedoms, knowledge, skills and things you care about.
Think of the books, ideas and technology that benefit your life.
And what about the people you love and who love you? See their faces. Think of the special things they’ve said and done.
Think of the privileges you’ve enjoyed. A special moment in your life.
Try to think of a special moment this week. Maybe an achievement, some music or a movie you enjoyed.
These are a few great ways to get you started.
There are many more. In fact, no matter your situation, there are a wealth of things in your life you can be grateful for.
See if you can keep up these thoughts for at least a couple minutes.
The more you can think of the people and situations in life you’re grateful for, the better you will feel.
Why? Smell is the strongest of the senses and the most powerful to influence brain activity.
And these concentrated plant oils can work absolute wonders to lift your mood.
Feeling angry or anxious? Diffuse a few drops of lemon oil to calm down and clarify your thoughts. And get you on track to feeling grateful.
Or put a few drops of lavender oil on your neck, temples or wrists.
Feeling run down? Try diffusing or apply a few drops of peppermint oil.
Life takes it out of you. I’d love to help you put it back in.
How can I help you personally?
Call me at 303-920-2350 with any questions, concerns or to find out how massage and essential oils can make life better for you.
by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil and Business Consultant