Thanksgiving Day has passed but the attitude of gratitude can still be upon you! I’m sure you’d agree with the psychologists, scientists and spiritual leaders who say that this practice should be an everyday occurrence.
Often times we get so busy chasing after the things we want, after the things out there that seem so important, that we forget to enjoy the present moment. We forget to be happy. This month has been a reminder to let your grateful heart and a willingness to express what’s inside, lead you back to joy.
The research in positive psychology strongly and consistently connects gratitude with greater happiness. Gratitude helps you feel more positive emotions and delight in good experiences. It helps improve your health, handle difficulties, and build strong relationships that enrich your life.
It’s important to realize that gratitude can be many things to many people. As author Sonja Lyubomirsky points out…it is wonder; it is appreciation; it is looking on the bright side of a setback; it is fathoming abundance; it is thanking someone in your life; it is thanking Spirit; it is savoring; it is now.”
While there are as many ways to practice gratitude as there are people, most experts agree that the beauty is in its simplicity. And in these easy, simple opportunities you find joy. As Brene Brown says, “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”
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