Is there any month so perfectly positioned to get us thinking about gratitude?
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough."
-- Melodie Beatty
While my thoughts always turn to gratitude in November, this year I've decided to delve a little deeper; to think about gratitude in a more holistic way; to purposefully weave more gratitude into my life; to develop a daily "gratitude practice;" to live with a grateful heart.
Sometimes - and especially when the world seems to be falling apart around us - it's a real challenge to feel positive and hopeful. That's when a gratitude practice can really help! According to Dr. Robert Emmons, pre-eminent gratitude researcher and author of Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, the benefits of practicing gratitude can be life-changing.
1 -- Gratitude helps us put things in perspective. When we can see the good in life as well as the bad, it's easier to find hope.
2 -- Gratitude helps us realize what we have. When we begin to understand what we already have, it helps us let go of our tendeny to want more all the time.
3 -- Gratitude makes us happier. According to Dr. Emmons, gratitude strengthens relationships, improves our health, reduces stress, and contributes to our overall happiness by improving our mood.
As November unfolds, you can be sure I'll be sharing more about my gratitude journey. I'm not quite sure where I'm going with all this, but I hope you'll join me.
Today's post is part of Three on Thursday. Join the rest of the gang over at Carole's.