Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Power of Thoughts: 5 Tips for Achieving Gratitude
In our fast-paced 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. The focus is generally on what we do not have rather than what we have been 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 of gratitude I like is appreciation linked with gratitude. Appreciation is defined as the recognition of the quality, value, significance, or goodness of people, opportunities, situations, 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 well
on your personal and moral beliefs.
3. Shift your attitude from denial or doubt into acceptance
and blessings. Shifting from chaos to order, confusion to
clarity and unproductive to productive. It helps to view
gratitude 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.