Gratitude

“Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things.”

Thanksgiving is just two days away. So let’s start giving thanks! All week we’ve been talking on our Morning Moments about how to put a little gratitude in your day and now we’re talking about all the good that’s going to do for you.

There’s a theory floating around called the Law of Attraction, which Wiki tells us (not the best source, but it’s a good summary) is: “The law of attraction is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.” Basically if you think good thoughts, good things will come to you.

Lots of people say they work on their mental attitude and everything seems to fall into place. Does it actually? Or have you just started seeing things differently? This theory has its supporters and its critics, but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t really matter. Being positive has so many benefits aside from attracting other positive things that its worth doing it anyways! Here are a few of them:

More Friends: Being grateful generally means you have a pretty positive outlook. If you’re a nice person, if you say “Thank You,” if you’re friendly on the streets, if you always look on the bright side – other people notice. And when new people see these qualities in you, they get the signal that you’re open to communicate with them and create a new human connection.

Mental and Physical Health: Gratitude journals, meditation, and a positive attitude have been associated with everything from reduced inflammation to better heart health to lower rates of depression.

Better Sleep: Doing something like journaling or simply writing down three things you are thankful for before you sleep has been shown to help you fall asleep faster and get longer, more restful sleep.

More Empathy: When you spend time becoming aware of everything you have to be grateful for, it’s easy to feel for those who are without or for those who struggle in ways you do not. When we are more empathetic, more human, our capacity to help the people and communities around us explodes.

Increased Self-Worth: One of the ways to practice gratitude is to look at the people in your life that you are thankful for, that value you and that support you to be your best self. When you recognize that you are valued, you begin to see your self-worth as well.

If you’re already making gratitude a part of your daily life – awesome. If you’re not, there’s no reason you can’t start now! Grab a notebook or notepad and start every day by writing down 3 things you are thankful for. It’s an easy way to begin every day positively. Do what you can and always work towards a better version of yourself. You know where you are in your health journey and how to get yourself to the end goal. So, as always, take what you want and leave the rest.

Shane

What do you do to practice gratitude? Let us know in the comments.

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