Are You in a Habit of Gratitude?
Gratitude is an emotion.
Being in a Habit of Gratitude is how you feel when you’re thankful for something. Think right now about something that you’re grateful for, it can be small like the socks on your feet, or it can be something like the roof over your head, your job, your family or your life.
Feeling grateful changes how you feel inside.
It’s easy to let the negative thoughts, words, situations, events, and actions in the world take over your heart and mind. Many in society seem to focus on the negative. It’s on the news, in magazines and newspapers, and it may be the general tone of the conversations you encounter during the day.
The pure emotion and expression of gratitude powerfully diminish all that negativity.
I am finding that I am waking up with a grateful heart more often, the reason is that I am practicing Gratitude.
Last year I lost my brother to Leukemia. My heart breaks, for his wife and daughters’ loss for my loss, my older brother’s loss, and our family’s loss. In my heartbreak, I have found gratitude. I am grateful for the family reunion cruise that we all took to Alaska in June 2016; I am thankful that we have remained close through the years and that my kids were close to their uncle, but I find myself most grateful for the fact that I made a trip in May 2017 to see him.
This year I have lost several friends and my brother-in-law and father-in-law, I am thankful for having had them in my life and having known and loved them.
Practicing a habit of Gratitude is essential.
Studies show people who practice gratitude have found:
- Happier people. It increases feelings of optimism, joy, and satisfaction.
- Have less anxiety and depression.
- It’s good for your health. Studies have shown that a gratitude practice strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and reduces symptoms of illness.
- Get more sleep.
- Recover more quickly from challenges and even from traumatic events.
- Have stronger relationships.
- Stronger Connections, people feel more connected to their community.
Gratitude changes your perspective on the life that you’ve been given. If you change your attitude, you can change your family’s, because self-care leads to peace and happier healthier families.
The bottom line is that people who practice gratitude reportedly have a better quality of life. However, this is one of those things in life that you must experience for yourself before you can fully believe it and before you’ll embrace it into your life.