We celebrate Thanksgiving just one day a year, but studies show that expressions of gratitude have “significant and consistent improvement" on our worldview. Viewing life as a gift "holds considerable sway…on achieving optimal psychological functioning…” in real world words, HAPPINESS.
Oddly enough, this same study found that the kinds of things that most people do to gain happiness, e.g.; new shoes, new car, does not have the consistent effects they assumed—only the expression of gratitude, seemed to have a long-term effect on the happiness and well-being of study participants. (1)
Three things I’m grateful for today and everyday
1. That I have another day to share. Another day to share my passion for life. Another day to explore and enjoy this grand adventure. Another day with my family and friends.
2. My family, friends, associates and clients: THANK YOU for loving (and putting up with) me. You are all highlights in my life.
3. The negative people I have encountered—a generous, heartfelt Thank You! The nay-sayers have been some of my best teachers, in disguise. That’s right, grateful for the nay-sayers—those who are more than happy to say “You can’t do something."
Think about one person who told you, "your idea was crazy” or “you can’t do that….” Now think about the things you accomplished because of that comment. Did you finish something because they said you couldn’t? Or perhaps in that moment, you decided never to treat others that way…even the nay-sayers can be a grateful gift, (even if it doesn’t feel that way at the time). It’s the challenges that make the success so much sweeter.
The dictionary says that gratitude is a noun… it should be a verb. Gratitude takes action. Express gratitude at every opportunity, you never know if you will have that moment again. Consider how far just a smile and kind word will go..
Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
~Joseph Adison~ I’d like to add gratitude and appreciation to the best list…