Gratitude is actually good for you
Each holiday season, we stop everything to share one common purpose; To give thanks.
The idea is so central to our national character that its myth goes back before the country’s founding. The concept of gratitude goes back even further, with its roots in ancient philosophy and all the world’s great religions.
But does it all seem like a big pain in the neck sometimes?
I mean, there’s the planning, the shopping, the cooking… This year, everything’s even more complicated because of the pandemic.
If we’re not careful, we can lose the focus on gratitude and instead get bogged down in pressure, negativity and crushed expectations.
You know – the holidays! (Ha ha…)
So, with that in mind, I want to share a super-important idea about being thankful:
It’s good for you. Yep, it’s true. Practicing an “attitude of gratitude” has physical, mental, spiritual and social benefits.
I know life is hard sometimes – this year, maybe more than most.
And that’s partly why being deliberately grateful is so helpful.
When our hearts are flowing with gratitude, there’s not much room left for fear or apprehension.
Grateful people tend to be happier and healthier than their grumpier counterparts.
Saying “thank you” spreads happiness one little bit at a time.
So, this year, amid all the hustle and bustle, be sure to express your gratitude on a regular basis.
I include all the items below every day after my meditation. I light a candle, grab my butter coffee, breathe some essential oils and do the following.
• Write a daily gratitude list.
• Tell someone you appreciate him or her every day – a friend, family member… heck, the mailman! It doesn’t matter.
• Journal, meditate, or engage your spirituality with thankfulness.
Here’s a bonus tip: Do this even when you don’t feel like it.
I promise it will make you feel better – and that’s always something to be thankful about.
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom and much much more.