As we approach the season of gathering together with family and friends, I’d like to offer a few insights into the power of gratitude.
In recent years the art of practicing gratitude seems to be talked about everywhere. Whether it be through positive affirmations, prayer or meditation, gratitude is gaining in popularity.
There is no question that being grateful means feeling good, but did you know it can also help kill negative thought patterns?
When we practice gratitude, it creates a physical state change in our body. It’s kind of like how tryptophan makes us feel tired after we eat turkey. But instead of making us feel sleepy, your brain is flooded with serotonin and dopamine which are the happy bliss chemicals!
When these feel-good chemicals are released, they have the power to break up negative thought patterns and emotions. Gratitude can literally wipe away feelings of frustration, anger, anxiety, bitterness, and general negativity. When you practice gratitude, you are physically changing the structure of your cells. Over time, you expand your cells capacity to hold more of these feel-good chemicals and you become generally happier. The power of gratitude is starting to be scientifically studied because it is believed to be more powerful than most medications and it has zero side effects, other than feeling general positivity and happiness.
But gratitude must be practiced with intention. It is when you experience the feeling in your body that has such powerful effects.The feeling is what will keep you committed to your gratitude practice. And when you commit to taking care of yourself, you will be able to take care of those around you much more fully. When you tap into this feeling on a regular basis, it creates a ripple effect in your life. That ripple creates a wave of positivity and spreads to others all around you. Feeling good leads to doing good. Author of “Gratitude Works!” Robert A. Emmons says “It is a positive state of mine that gives rise to the passing on of the gift through positive action.”
This Thanksgiving, and every day I want you to know that I am grateful for YOU!
Seriously, every morning after I meditate, I think about how blessed I am to get to work with such amazing, kind-hearted clients. Your support, your comments, your emails and visits to my office add fuel to my fire every, single, day to keep going, keep creating, and keep stepping up to serve you even more!
So this season, I want to invite you to expand your gratitude practice with more intention. Pick one thing you are truly grateful for and get to the feeling.
Write down five reasons why you are grateful for it. Being specific helps create focus and deepens your practice. Try it for a one week and see if you notice more positivity in your life!
Then, share it with a friend, with your family, or reply to this email! I would love to hear what you are most grateful for!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!