Do you try to be grateful or do you just take everything for granted and complain most of the time?
Practicing gratitude can be used as a stress remedy to help lower your blood pressure for a healthy heart, keep hormones in balance, avoid weight gain, beat seasonal depression, look younger.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-– Marcel Proust
There are three steps of proactive gratitude adopted from the article The Visionary Practice of Gratitude by Victoria Loveland-Coen, the Gratitude Guru. You can also listen to our discussion on How To Stop Complaining and Become Grateful During Challenging Times.
*Actively search for things to be grateful for from the time you wake up… Celebrate those things. Dance, sing, shout. Allow yourself to enjoy it!
*Document it. It builds the evidence that we are cared for, that we are blessed, that we are loved. The mind is always looking for evidence. Give it what it wants. By writing down what we are grateful for everyday, we build evidence that the Divine is present in our environment and that the universe is conspiring to support you.
*One of greatest benefits of practicing proactive gratitude is that you begin to realize that you live in a friendly universe that has created a magnificent world for you to enjoy. You start to feel…deep down in your bones…that there is a force (whether you call it Creative Intelligence, the Infinite, God, or whatever) that loves you so much that It has given you…and continues to give you…more good than you can possibly imagine. Take it personally! read the whole article
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha
Breathe, smile and be happy.
© Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health Counselor and Nutrition Coach