“Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings.”
November tends to be a time for me to reflect on my blessings. I am grateful for all of you who support my acupuncture and Zero Balancing practice. Thank you for allowing me to share your journey as you grow and move forward in your life.
Have an Attitude of Gratitude.
What are the benefits of gratitude? Studies show that people who practice gratitude:
- feel more energetic, alert, enthused, attentive
- get more exercise
- sleep better (find it easier to fall asleep, sleep longer, and wake more refreshed)
- feel better, are less bothered by aches and pains
- find their blood pressure goes down
- manage stress better
- are more optimistic
- have stronger immune systems
- are more resilient
- have deeper relationships including more friendships and healthier marriages
- are more sympathetic to the needs of others
Some ways to cultivate gratitude:
- Start a gratitude journal.Take a few minutes at the end of each day and write down 5 things you’re thankful for.
- Send someone a thank you note.
- Set aside time once a week to send an email, card, or letter or make a phone call to tell a friend or family member why you are thankful they are in your life.
- Give one compliment a day or ask someone to share your appreciation of something such as the quiet of the morning or the sunshine on the trees.
- Smile, say thank you, and take in any compliments given to you.
- Say grace before meals.
- Notice when someone does something warm-hearted like holding a door or picking up a dropped item. Smile and acknowledge their kindness.
- Read one of the selections from M. J. Ryan’s A Grateful Heart: 365 Ways to Give Thanks at Mealtime and spend some time meditating or thinking about the writing.
To get started, take 10 minutes and watch this short film by Louie Schwartzberg. Click here to watch.