Friday, May 13, 2016

Marvels of Gratitude

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
 – Maya Angelou

“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends. I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world's best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system," said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of a division in biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center. He added, "Being thankful shouldn’t be a replacement for medical treatment, but it can improve wellness. 

In one project, researchers asked a group of subjects to write ways they felt grateful. After ten weeks in the study, they exhibited huge increases in their happiness scores, felt more optimistic, and better about their lives. They also reported exercising more and had fewer visits to the doctor following the experiment. The second group wrote about daily problems and situations that left them unhappy. They did not increase their happiness scores.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School suggest ways to cultivate Gratitude.

1. Write a thank you note to anyone who has impacted your life. Thank someone mentally and self-reflect on their importance to your happiness. 

2. Keep a journal where you write about emotional and physical gifts you’ve received. 

3. Take time each week to count your blessings and get into the specifics on why they made you happy. 

4. Praying assists those who are religious. For others, meditation focusing on peace and gratitude helps.

Staying in the moment in a natural setting energizes my Gratitude process. I explore to take in the sights, sounds and textures. My imagination flourishes in gratitude.

Sprouting ideas when frustration sets in gets me going. 

In what ways will I turn the situation around? 
I work to appreciate what's offered regardless of the form.

A bit of humor conquers all.

Marveling at the antics of animals and birds, I breathe in the moments grateful I'm present.

Discover your ways to well-being through gratitude. 

Grow buoyant, float and fly.

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