The importance of gratitude to your happiness and health
Being grateful for everyday aspects of your life is the easiest way to be happy right now.
The law of abundance declares that what you think about you bring about.
If you get caught up in the misery of the weather, the neighbours’ dog, kids yelling, grumpy partner, no hot water because the boiler is broken – whoops personal insight 😉 You are going to receive more broken boilers, barking kids, yelling dogs etc ….
Your ability to refocus on even the humblest and unremarkable situations in your day will help you to transform your thinking and change your life.
William Blake “Gratefulness is heaven itself”
Being grateful for small things is simply an attitude of your mind and it is based on recognising the value of what your life has offered you. How about being grateful for your good health, a bit of blue sky or a smile from someone? Have you noticed when you buy a coffee a smile or maybe even a heart comes with it in the froth? It is there to make you smile. Allow that coffee smile to break your train of thought and look up and see who you can smile back at, is that a good idea?
I absolutely adore seeing FB posts of friends walks, I love a good sheep photo (I know – don’t go there), photos that make me feel that I am outside even when I am not. As I get older I love the fresh air – it makes me feel happy and alive. I am grateful to have the wind in my face.
What do you love? What do you enjoy? What daily simple pleasure makes you smile?
“Get over it” – isn’t always the best advice
sometimes ‘be with it’ is better advice
As my 10-year-old daughter says ‘cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it’. Ten-year-olds tend to see the world in very easy straightforward ways and I have to be honest when she shakes her finger and swishes her hair the performance that accompanies it makes me LOL anyway.
You and I know that it isn’t always that simple. When you feel down it is hard to pull yourself up. But do you know what? It is okay to be in touch with your emotions and if you are having a sad day be with it. Honour your emotions. If you force yourself to ‘get over it’ these emotions will come back and bite you in the bum in another shape or form.
You can be with your emotions, honour them and let them go gently by focusing on a small gratitude. Little things that make you smile will help you to gently release those stuck darker emotions.
When you do recognise your emotion of sadness or anger and notice that they have moved on. You feel much better. You can appreciate your happier state of mind because you have the comparison. Another example is when you have been sick when you are well you appreciate your health. When you have a fight that feeling of relief when you make up.
Keep your Gratitude Quotient up to 3 a day
Apparently, you are going to encounter 23 annoyances in every day. That means 23 things (I may have made that number up but from memory, it is quite high) you are going to be frustrated, annoyed and peed off with something or someone every day. You have a choice!
If you ride with each one of those annoyances you are going to be shattered, exhausted and unhappy. If however you let the annoyances go one by one and you will feel free and stay focused and happy on your own gorgeous journey. The secret is to notice that they are annoyances.
- The computer won’t work
- Kids forgotten homework
- That driver should not have pulled out there
- blah blah blah – times 23 occasions! Are you ready for that EVERY DAY?
You can refocus this by noticing the happiness in your day and I promise that those 23 annoyances won’t register half as much. Do you believe me? I read a book by a Professor who believes that you can heal your body with your thoughts. Amongst other things he sends little parcels of love/kindness/understanding or whatever emotion he thinks they need, to strangers as he goes about his life.
I do this and it changes my whole day. When I focus on what I can send someone on the street, I am not so peed off with the parking ticket 😉 A step too far – maybe? But give it a go and let me know.
There is a good reason to be happy and grateful it boosts your immune system, improves your health and your efficiency at work.
Gratitude boosts your health and your efficiency
In a recent study 3 groups of people were examined for a 10 week period:
Group 1 noted down all their personal frustrations and irritations during the course of the time period
Group 2 noted all the significant events in their week for 10 weeks.
Group 3 noted up to 5 items for which they were grateful in their lives.
The last group who had to note the reasons that they were grateful had the most optimistic expectations of their future, they also felt the best physically and believed themselves to have made the most progress towards their personal and professional goals at work.
Your Gorgeous Gratitude Homework
I am always setting the Gorgeous Girls homework, sometimes I ask for reflective thoughts, sometimes it is analysis, other times it is simply reporting back on water consumption or protein intake. I like to vary it, so they stay interested and focused 😉
Your homework is to express out loud 3 gratitudes every day. If I can, I encourage the entire family to do it at dinnertime around the table because we all know “a family that eats together stays together” and other pious remarks like that. Have I found one of your 23 annoyances? 😉
The other time I like to practice my 3 x gratitudes is just before I go to sleep at night. The gratitudes settle my mind and aids very restful sleep.
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