Gratitude for Life

Now that Thanksgiving is over so many people stop thinking about being grateful.  In this blog I have decided on monthly themes, November was Gratitude, but it is ever part of my life.  To close out the month here are two fabulous posts and sources that explain better than I how Gratitude needs to be part of your life;

 

First from Psychology Today

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude

Please go read the full text but here are their bullet points;

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
  2. Gratitude improves physical health.
  3. Gratitude improves psychological health.
  4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
  5. Grateful people sleep better.
  6. Gratitude improves self-esteem.
  7. Gratitude increases mental strength.

 

The second is some out of the box thinking by Kristen Wong  about how to practice gratitude if you are not a traditional paper and pen type of person.  We referenced it 2 weeks ago and here is a more direct link.

Here is an important quote from within her article;

What made my original gratitude list so effective was that I put my eyes on it so frequently. It was on my phone in an app that was on my homescreen. I saw it a lot. And when I saw it and read what was in it, well, that’s when I felt grateful.

So I moved my lists into my to-do app, which today is Todoist. I look at it a lot; sometimes it’s just for a quick glance, but the point is my eyes go to it maybe a dozen times a day.

 

However you keep gratitude in your life, just keep it up, and if you would like to share your method please fill my comments.

 

Top 10 Rules for Personal Gratitude

Personal Gratitude – 10 ways

1 – The most basic level of gratitude, is to be grateful for your beating heart and the air you breathe.

2 – Appreciate your conscious thoughts and the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

3 – Be thankful for talents, skills and opportunities that provide you with income.

4 – Acknowledge your creator if you believe in one.  If not, recognize your place in the Universe.

5 – Contemplate each individual family member and express your gratitude to them often.

6 – Appreciate your extended family, special friends, mentors, co-workers and neighbors.

7 – Acknowledge the majesty of the Earth, the sky, and wildlife – natural beauty is a gift.

8 – Be thankful for your basic provisions – food, clothing, shelter and basic needs.

9 – Appreciate your parents if they are still living, if not, honor their memory.

10 – MOST IMPORTANTLY – Appreciate your life and take the best possible care of your health