“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts become conscious of our treasures” – Thornton Wilder
As the fall creeps upon us, we’re turning over a new Autumn leaf with the segment: Manifest Mondays. All about getting down and dirty and manifesting the life you want. From your health, to your relationships, your career and happiness, this is where the transformations happen! In the same way that a wholesome breakfast can fuel the body for the remainder of the day, Mondays can amp up our intentions for the week ahead.
This September’s segment? Gratitude. It’s simple, it’s powerful and best of all, it’s completely free!
“Always look on the bright side of Life”
“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it’s a quality of thought, a state of mind.”
Monty Python got it right! In positive psychology we look at what brings a sense of peace, happiness and enrichment to a person’s life. Though there’s a rampant misconception that happiness comes from attaining things in our lives whether it be landing that job, making more money, finding our soul mates… studies prove that what really elevates happiness is to be appreciative for what we have now. In fact, while attaining anything on the outside may create feelings of initial happiness, we will eventually find that these things are insufficient at sustaining our happiness and we will search for the next thing.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey
What has been linked to sustained and lasting happiness is none other than gratitude itself. Your secret weapon in your arsenal of holistic wellness. To practise appreciation, until it becomes a way of life, is to open yourself up for new transformations and a fresh perspective on the bright side of life.
11 Reasons You Need to Start Practicing Gratitude right Now:
Oftentimes in life and our pursuit of health, the simplest things hold the greatest potential for healing.:
Mind / Spirit
- The Chill Pill – Side effect free, a daily dose of recommended gratitude may help to reduce anxiety and stress.
- Has been linked to a greater sense of well-being and quality of life.
- Rebounder – Gratitude has been shown to help individual’s bounce back faster from sudden tragic events. The times that it is hardest to see in gratitude are the times that we need it the most. When we make a habit out of it, it is easier to stick to the habit in difficult times and use it to uplift ourselves.
- It makes us happier: Just 5 minutes of daily gratitude journaling has been shown to increase your long-term overall well-being by 10%!
- Social Butterfly: Gratitude has been linked with having increased social circles and a greater quality of relationships. This meant having deeper connections, and stronger relationships. Why? Gratitude helps us to see the best in others, appreciate them and feel closer to them which is reciprocated. It feels good to be appreciated and others will gravitate towards this.
- Accomplish more: Gratitude has been linked to increased productivity and goal achievement.
- Quiets the Green Eyed Monster: being grateful for what we have reduces our jealousy of others. When we appreciate all we have, we can appreciate what others have as well. This is the feeling of true abundance.
8. Beauty Sleep – Studies have shown that just 15 minutes of writing in gratitude before bed can help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
9. Exerciser: One study found that those who practised gratitude on a daily basis, spent 19% more time exercising.
10. Energizer – has been shown to increase energy. True gratefulness will raise your energy and the surge of feel good hormones can heighten your energy levels and make you feel more vibrant!
11. Beat the cold: Has been linked to a stronger immune system.
I feel a very unusual sensation — if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.
The attitude of Gratitude
Wait just a moment! This is not a one week practice. Across most studies, result increased slowly. Why?
- It may take time to really induce grateful feelings. Even if it seems more monotonous and trivial at first, keep going. The real feelings of appreciation will come and grow stronger with time.
- It’s a mindset: eventually gratitude will become a way of life, you see in gratitude and this is where wellness will take a grateful leap!
Getting in the Mood: How to LIVE in Gratitude
The challenge to swear by
We all know the swear jar. A dollar goes in for every swear word that comes out. But it’s time for a revamp with this week’s challenge: for every negative thought that creeps into our mind, every time we complain or don’t want to be doing something, we add 3 things that we are grateful for. Far more valuable than any currency. This will shift our focus to the positives that surround us, and when we focus on positives, we see more of the positives and you will attract more positives.
Pen to Paper
Begin a gratitude journal. I love to find notebooks that keep me motivated to write. Some of mine have their own inspirational quotes scrolled across the front. Begin today, write it on anything, keep the journal by your bedside table and write 3 things you are grateful for every morning and every night.
When you have the intention to write them down, you begin to look for these things and I promise, they will show up. Big, small, it’s all the same and there is something to be said about making your appreciation a concrete thought on paper.
What began as a small, honest journaling of three things I was grateful for each night, morphed into pages of thankful rambling and those pages turned to notebooks now stock piled on my shelves. Eventually I got to the point where keeping a journal seemed unnecessary, it was simply my life. But at anytime, when things get busy, the journaling is always there to pick back up and refresh our perspectives.
The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.
Off with a grateful bang (as the new season of the Big Bang Theory airs!),