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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

5 Tips for Achieving Gratitude

In our fast pace world many of us do not stop and take stock in what they are grateful for in their lives. Gratefulness has become a “hidden factor” in modern society. Focus is generally on what we do not have rather than what we are blessed with. 

Gratitude appears to be a strong determinant of people's well-being.

Numerous studies suggest that grateful people are more likely to have higher levels of happiness and lower levels of stress and depression. Participants who engaged in gratitude studies showed increases in their experiences of positive emotion immediately after the exercise. An interesting fact about gratitude is it is not an act but a specific way to feel. As I have always said “feeling is healing”.

The definition of gratitude is having thankfulness for what you have in the moment. Another definition for gratitude that I like is appreciation. Appreciation is the recognition of the quality, value, significance, or goodness of people, opportunities and things in your life.

Here is a quote which speaks to the depth of this subject;

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart” ~Jean Baptiste Massieu

So what will I gain from searching my heart for what I am grateful for?

5 Tips on Being in Gratitude

To enhance your health, spirit and life balance, start today by getting in touch with your gratitude.

1. Gets you out of your logical / rational mind and into your                 emotional mind. Feeling gratitude has to come out of inner               feeling.

2. It turns what we have into enough and it reflects good 
    personal and moral value.

3. Shift your attitude from denial into acceptance, chaos to 
    order, confusion to clarity. It helps to life as a gift.

4. Appreciation for goodness in life and paves the path for 
    purity and spirituality.

5. Improves emotional well-being and physical health, and 
    it can strengthen relationships. The act of gratitude energizes, inspires and transforms.

Assess your gratitude and begin a healthier life today.


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