Living with Gratitude
It’s the time of the year when we make a conscious effort to be more thankful. Its good to express our thanks to those who have helped us with support, and especially for the good things in our life. Being thankful and grateful go hand in hand. Thanking others makes them feel good and we should thank people for what they do for us, but gratitude is all about how you can feel better. Gratitude is understanding that these good things in your life come from outside yourself — from other people or a higher power if that’s what you believe. It requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people. Gratitude is an optimistic feeling and being optimistic has been shown to increase our life span and improve our health. Gratitude is a positive emotion, and positive emotions improve our health and mind. They make our memories happier, lets us experience good feelings, and help us bounce back from stress quicker. For example, having quality sleep is required to heal our bodies and in general, to keep us healthy. If we consciously think about what we are grateful for at the end of the day, it will induce relaxation to fall asleep, get good quality sleep and increase the amount we get. It’s much better than worrying about the kids, work, the laundry and all the other things that create stress keeping us awake. When we are grateful, we are a nicer person, more trusting and appreciative of those around us, resulting in making friends, being more effective at work, increasing our productivity, deepening our relationships and improving our existence. There are many good things in this world to turn our focus to, as well as in our individual lives, for which we can be grateful. All these gifts help us have goodness in our lives, and by consciously practicing being grateful daily, we can make an improved difference in our life.