Has your fast paced life and heavy workload kept you from enjoying what’s around you?
When was the last time you had a good night sleep without having to take anything for it?
Do you recall the last time you took a few minutes just to savor the things that made you happy?
Here’s a simple way to add more richness, relaxation, and rejuvenation into your busy work-life schedule. Try incorporating a regular dose of “Attitude of Gratitude” into your day. That’s right: gratitude. This technique takes less than 1 minute to do and can boost your health and happiness with persistent practice.
First of all, let’s get clear on, “what is gratitude?” Gratitude, according to Cicero, is the mother of all virtues. He said that within this simple gracious self-affirming act comes a cascade of many wonderful inner human qualities. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines gratitude as: a feeling of appreciation or thanks. Scientists since the late 1990’s have studied this human quality and have found many health and happiness benefits with the constant practice of it.
Gratitude, according to Robert Emmons, the world’s leading researcher in the science of gratitude, explains that gratitude has two parts. According to him, “First it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” Second, he states that it is “a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”
Here are some interesting facts about the practice of gratitude:
1. It leads to increasing levels of optimism and other positive emotions, which will eventually help you live a longer and happier life (R. Emmons and Sonja Lyubomirsky).
2. It’s nearly impossible to be grateful and feel envious at the same time. The positive emotion of gratitude cancels out negative emotions (R. Emmons).
3. Grateful people sleep better (Wong Wing-Sze, et al).
4. Grateful people tend to exercise more than those who don’t practice gratitude (R. Emmons).
5. Gratitude is an immune booster (R. Emmons and M. McCullough).
Are YOU ready to start applying this powerful technique into your life?
Here are 3 simple ways for you to choose from to begin your “attitude of gratitude” practice:
1. Do the 3 Blessings exercise, created by Robert Emmons, where you list the 3 things, big or small, that you consider being a positive experience.
2. Say more Thank You’s to people around you — especially when they seem to be correcting you. (A technique I learned from one of my Acupressure Shiatsu teacher, Caroline, over 10 years ago.) This made me feel less inadequate for making a mistake but appreciative for the potential for being better in my practice.
3. Just like the old saying, “Stop and smell the roses!” Literally stop and smell the beautiful scents of nature around you whether you are in your kitchen cooking up a quick meal or outside on your way to your car for an errand. Stop for 30 seconds and take in all the good around you.
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The most beautiful and precious byproduct of the power of Positive Passion” is that it guilds a deep golden path of gratitude in our lives. Journeying on this voyage a person is able to dive into the infinite gentle, nurturing pond of self love and self care, empowering the regulating dance of the happy joyous gene expression, inviting balanced health into one’s life on a cellular DNA level.
Some of the essential indispensable ingredients of manifesting the ultimate lifestyle of health and happiness are having an organic aptitude for gratitude, appreciation, pleasure, joy and working towards our dreams.
Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand. The more gratitude you have the more everything you want you will have. The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning “favor” and gratis, meaning “pleasing”. At times it also means three G’s grace, graciousness, and gratefulness.
All connections from this Latin root embody kindness, generous, gifts and the beauty of giving and receiving. When we feel grateful, we radiate a light energy of gratefulness and graciousness and we are moved to share the goodness we have received with others.
Gratitude has a positive energy. Positive energy has an expansive energy for health and well being. With regards to epigenetics imagine your body being a human petri dish. Now imagine each cell is like a miniature human being in your body and all of your cells are all talking to each other. Now imagine all of your cells bathing in this light healthy expansive energy of gratitude and talking to each about gratitude and being grateful for everything. Your body is having a “Gratitude Love Fest¯¯. Now in this wildly positively charged energy field that your cells are basking in, each negatively mutated cell of disease can be changed and turned into a healthy cell. Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, Phd, states in his book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, ¯¯Frontier Science has proven positive thoughts have a profound effect on behavior and genes but only when they are in harmony.“
Many people consider Robert A. Emmons, PhD to be a leading authority on gratitude and he has researched gratitude for 10 years. In his book, Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier he states, “People who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system. Practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%“.
Living in gratitude encourages you to easily and effortlessly focus on what you want to achieve instead of what you are missing.
Gratitude is one of the most energetically, forceful, supreme emotional weapons that we can use in our lives to our advantage. It is the accelerated, stealth, graceful game changer for abundance, health and happiness. In the realm of quantum physics, observing something actually influences the physical processes taking place. Being mindful with focused meditation on gratitude will allow you resonate with it, meaning live it and be it, therefore attracting more in your life. Utilizing the Law of Cause and Effect, health attracts health. Happiness attracts happiness. Abundance attracts abundance. Love attracts love.
Emotion is energy in motion. Gratitude is the positive energetic magnetic force magnetizing to you what you want, love and enjoy.
Neale Donald Walsch, the author of the Conversations with God series, said it best “The struggle ends when gratitude begins.
There is so much power in having a love affair with gratitude“.