Being Grateful … What are you grateful for?

I read an article that made me realize so very much, to not just be grateful at thanksgiving, but always. I try to really work on this on a daily basis, being thankful for little things. Having gratitude towards little and big things and towards people. But sometimes it can be hard. After reading this article it brought it all back to light and gave me new perspectives.    Gratitude can provide so many benefits in your life. According to this article some benefits are; 

Physical benefits:

  • a stronger immune system
  • less bothered by aches and pains
  • lower blood pressure
  • sleep longer and feel more rested upon awakening


Social benefits:

  • more compassionate, generous, and helpful
  • more forgiving
  • more outgoing
  • feel less lonely or isolated


Psychological benefits:

  • higher levels of positive emotion
  • more alert, alive, awake
  • more joy and pleasure
  • more optimism and happiness

I mean really, who wouldn’t want to benefit from all of those? They sound amazing. 

Today, try and be more grateful. When you receive a compliment, instead of bringing yourself down and saying “oh this? It’s nothing.” Simply say, thank you. When someone does something nice for you, give them a simple smile to recognize what they did. In your thoughts, be grateful for everything going on in your life.   And finally, as I’ve mentioned before, write down 3 things you are grateful for every morning. Whether it be something as large as being grateful you live in a country with clean water, to being something as simple as being thankful for your morning coffee. It’s important to both appreciate and be grateful for all we have in life. 

For more information on the lesson of being grateful, check out this article. I read it this morning and it gave me so many positive thoughts to start out my day. 

Today I am grateful for; 

  • Parker – babysitting him last night and having him “help” me pack! 
  • Meditation this morning 
  • The coworker who complimented my coat yesterday, and it brightened up my entire day  

 
Have a happy, grateful & thankful day. And don’t forget, something as simple as a smile can do more than you know for a stranger. 

“Don’t look backwards for very long. Keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things.” –Walt Disney

– tal xo 

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