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GRATITUDE

Sylvia Marina - Sunday, March 31, 2013

GRATITUDE written by Sylvia Marina

This morning as I looked around the breakfast table...all our close-by family were gathered, the appreciation of each other was obvious by the vibrancy, caring, respectful attitude, conversations and laughter.

Our grand-daughter and I lit the ‘candle of tradition’ for our families who live far-away in other parts of Australia and New Zealand and in my heart I added another page of gratitude.

Grateful, for that special inner sense of belonging
Grateful, to know what love is
Grateful to feel love
Grateful, to have a family
Grateful, the family wants to be with us
Grateful, that those who live afar, we remember
Grateful, that they remember us...

I love these times when each person is ‘in the moment’ enjoying what is happening and moving along with the next moment...you know those times when conversation and life is happiness in the ‘real now’.

I have a question for you...”if gratitude were a muscle how often do you exercise it?”

Gratitude, as with breathing now is the right time, and then again at the close of day this may be at sunset or just before going to bed.

Take out your gratitude journal and record the events of the day that created positive emotions, either in you or in those around you. Note too; those moments that you would rather have not been a part of, and note the positive lesson contained within that experience. As a result, you will sleep better and wake more refreshed.

In business, many of my clients do this before leaving the office each day. In writing in their gratitude journal they are ‘programming their brain’ to view their day positively.
Directing mental focus to what worked well and reprogramming what didn’t. As a result you take home a calm and happy attitude.

Gratitude Heightens Quality of Life

Two psychologists, Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, wrote an article about an experiment they conducted on gratitude and its impact on well-being.

The study split several hundred people into three different groups and all of the participants were asked to keep daily diaries.

The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day without being told specifically to write about either good or bad things; the second group was told to record their unpleasant experiences; and the last group was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful.

The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy.

In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.


Gratitude
helps you put things in their proper perspective. When things don’t go your way, remember that every difficulty carries within it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit. In the face of adversity remember to ask yourself: “What’s good about this?”, “What can I learn from this?”, and “How can I benefit from this?”

Gratitude! Did you help someone solve a problem? Write it down. Did you smile today? Write it down. Did you connect with someone today? Write it down. Did someone touch your heart today? Write it down.

People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what is wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their success, more success comes their way. And when things don’t go as planned or hoped for, people with grace and gratitude quickly put disappointment into perspective.

© Sylvia Marina ND.,
EXPERT IN HUMAN BEHAVIOUR | SPEAKER
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