How Gratitude Can Change Your Life
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.
– Marelisa Fabrega
It sounds kind of cheesey to focus on positive things when you are overwhelmed and stressed and don’t feel like anything is going right . . . . but your brain cannot feel fear and gratitude at the same time, so giving it some small breaks of appreciative wonder can disrupt the worry cycles.
Whether it is focusing on the luscious crunch of a taco chip, or savouring a special smile or watching the light shift on the late winter trees of elephant mountain . . . . anytime you drop your monkey mind craziness to linger with the gifts of the present moment, you are training your neural circuits for gratitude and joy.
Here is a stunning video to kick-start your gratitude habits. Watch it and then make your own list of things that happened today that you can feel grateful for. Some students have said that when they write in their gratitude journal before bed that it changes their dreams and helps get them out of their negative, complaining mode . . . . . . . What do you think? What are you grateful for today?