Practicing Gratitude

shutterstock_323548949Well happy hump day, but is there really hump day this week?   After all tomorrow is holiday and most people are off on Friday. Anyway that really is not the point of this post.  Every so often I  join a linkup party hosted by Deb from Debruns.com.   Deb puts out a single word for bloggers to write about.  Everything is fair game.  So this week you may have guessed the word is GRATITUDE

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I have talked about  practicing gratitude before in my blog. In my post how to teach your children gratitude, I gave readers simple to teach your children gratitude.  But why should we practice gratitude?

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Practicing gratitude will increase your sense of well-being daily.

A  suggested that gratitude can be used to directly create a sense of well-being.   And adopting a gratitude practice can help us maintaining a certain level of wholeness no matter what life throws at us. The best part? It doesn’t have to be difficult.  You might be able to increase your well-being through simple exercises that foster more gratitude.  These exercises can be as simple as meditating for 5 minutes of mediation, helping a friend out in need, yoga, you get the gist.

Practicing gratitude can help you prevent disease long-term.

Some studies have shown that gratefulness is related to a lower risk of depression. Our ability to positively reframe a situation can act like a mechanism for increasing gratitude and decreasing depressive symptoms.

Gratitude is considered an important trait in maintaining good health and has been associated with lower blood pressure and better immune function. Many scientists are calling for more research to figure out just exactly what role gratitude plays in the prevention of disease.

Use gratitude as a tool for happiness—and not just on Thanksgiving.

According to recent research, happiness is more than just an emotion. It can change the way we see the whole world. A positive mood can shift your entire perception by allowing you to think more globally, and when you see the big picture, those little things will bother you a bit less. So gratitude is a tool we can all use to stay healthy, increase our sense of well-being, and transform our thinking.

Happy Thanksgiving

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16 thoughts on “Practicing Gratitude

  1. Gratitude is everything. I know on the days when things are going awry, and I keep focusing on what is NOT happening…everything snowballs. Having a grateful heart and a positive attitude totally can be a game-changer 😉

  2. I am a firm believer that what you send out into the universe will come back to you – and gratitude is an amazingly powerful force. I saw someone post, “I have food, I have water, I have a roof over my head. That’s all I need to know that I am blessed in life.” It’s so true! It’s all about perspective!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  3. Nicole, I’ve been MIA lately, so I’m an entire holiday behind. I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!!! Gratitude is so important. Being grateful for what we have, for where we are in life, for our current condition is so important. There is a line from Sheryl Crow’s song, “Soak Up The Sun” the sums it up perfectly… “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you have.” Being grateful is good for the soul, no matter what the season. Happy Holidays, Nicole!!!
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    1. Tracey, I know about being MIA. I was MIA for the whole month of December with the holidays and all. I have to remind myself all the time to be happy with what I have. I need to be present.

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