“Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.” ~M.J. Ryan
What is Gratitude?
Simple question right? Gratitude: "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."
What's missing (and so important) from this definition is what gratitude can do! Not only for ourselves but for others as well. When we consciously express out gratefulness, when we appreciate the world around and within us, we reach a higher vibrational frequency. It is in this frequency that healing and balancing our lives is not only possible it's assured!
Gratitude is an immensely powerful force! Scientific studies have found that people who practice gratitude experience greater physical health and emotional wellbeing. One such study conducted by renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, found that participants who cultivated an 'attitude of gratitude' experienced:
Gratitude is a crucial quality to embrace if you want to experience more happiness, joy, energy and increased health. Gratitude is a fullness in our hearts. It can move us from fear, lack and limitation to expansion and deeper, more fulfilling love. It can shove our ego aside so we can connect with our soul. (this is the perfect place to shamelessly plug our new book; 365 Ways to Connect to Your Soul - Available November 17th! Watch for more on this!)
In that place of connection, in the now, our lives flow in grace and harmony. Who wouldn't want more of that?!
Okay Gia, how do we get the 'attitude of gratitude'? How do we create a practice that spills over into every area of our lives? Great Questions!
Practicing Gratitude doesn't have to be a long, drawn out process that weighs you down. - Expressing more gratitudewhenever you can (even if you're not practicing daily) will create amazing differences in your outlook on life and in how you feel.
Here are some practices to try:
I know you're saying, Gia, "how can I be thankful when I have so many challenges and I feel so down?" It takes some practice but I promise you - one small step at a time - it becomes so much easier and you'll be thankful that you took the time - even a few minutes a day to train yourself to think in a new way. You'll see - that with a little time your whole perspective on life will shift!
Increasing gratitude CAN enhance many different aspects of your life, most notably your health! Could there be an easier, or more inexpensive way to enhance both your happinessand health?
NOW is the perfect time to start embracing more gratitude. Here's your loving nudge - to begin focusing more on the positives. I promise you'll feel better in so many different ways! So take a look at what you have - and be thankful - reach out to others. Watch as your life blossoms with even more abundance!
I'm sending HUGE GRATITUDE to each and every one of you for being part of my journey and sharing your lives with me!!