WASHINGTON, November 19, 2014 – Happy Thanksgiving and an early Happy Holiday Season!
For many of us, this time of the calendar year is often very busy. Business-wise it is nearing the end of fourth quarter. Holiday-wise it’s also the part of the year where we want to spend some time with family, to cook or bake holiday recipes, and to buy gifts.
Although the holiday season can be difficult for some, anyone at any time can feel better by practicing an attitude of gratitude – no matter what is going on in their lives.
What I would like to share is just how easy it can be to add some joy into your life. In our stressful, busy lives, it is wonderful to find something that is quick, easy, and sustainable!
Each day I practice gratitude by beginning my day writing down or verbalizing three things I am grateful for, and then doing the same before going to sleep at night. I focus on all that I have to be grateful for no matter what I have in front of me at the time.
I started doing this on a daily basis ten years ago when I also learned the health benefits of this kind of behavior by researching gratitude itself. It has made a tremendous difference in my life. Better yet, research has shown that this kind of positive behavior actually shifts our brain chemistry toward the positive.
Based on quantum physics, gratitude has been calibrated by some as the highest vibration on the planet. For me, I don’t have to totally understand how it work. I just know that in practice, it does. If you would like to learn more about this phenomenon, read a great book by Dr. David Hawkins called Power vs. Force.
Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude feel better about their lives on the whole. Further, they are more optimistic about the future. In fact, the cited studies show that people who practice gratitude are 25% happier than those who do not.
Those who participated in the gratitude study and said they focused on having an attitude of gratitude reported fewer health complaints and even spent more time exercising, possibly as a result. The study showed that something as simple as counting your blessings once a week resulted in significant emotional and health benefits. So yes, something that simple can positively impact us in a huge way.
One thing our readers should know about human nature is that when we obtain something new, we experience a spike of joy. As we quickly adapt to the fresh circumstance, the joy begins to diminish. This explains why people have an unquenchable thirst for wanting more.
In other words, when we reach our goal, we then set a new goal, seeking further satisfaction of our desires and fulfillment of our wishes. Therefore, whatever stage of success we attain, we still seek to proceed higher and further.
Here’s a simple, proven and effective exercise that I do with my clients to deepen their own sense of gratitude:
Write a letter of gratitude to an important person in your life, one whom you have not properly taken the time to thank.
Then visit that person and given him or her the letter.
The results of this exercise – which was also performed as part of the gratitude study – was that participants were happier and less depressed. Better yet, these results were maintained for one month thereafter. Not bad. And not only do you feel good. So does the recipient of your gratitude. It’s a win-win.
Another finding of the study was that emotions not verbally expressed will diminish and dissipate. By focusing on and talking about the blessings in our lives, we boost happy emotions. Not focusing on what is missing in our lives allows negative feelings to dissipate.
Gratitude can add joy to your life. It is a great gift for the holidays. Give the gift of gratitude and receive a huge gift back.
For other interesting information on this and other topics, check out my book suggestion list on my website www.selftalkcoach.com. Great books on this topic and many more!
For more Information Contact:
Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC
Certified Business, Life & Leadership
Focusing on Confidence & Resilience Strategies, Life & Career Transition, & Business & Leadership
www.selftalkcoach.com [email protected]
301-706-7226 or 703-574-0039
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“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe.