Demonstrating Gratitude

| By Jodi Horton

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we thought we’d share some thoughts on gratitude. Studies have found that individuals who practice mindful gratitude experience a number of physical and emotional benefits. These individuals are happier, with less instances of anxiety and depression, and are more resilient. Gratitude affects the body by contributing to a strengthened immune system, lower blood pressure, reduced symptoms of illness, less aches and pains, and better sleep.

Gratitude expert Robert Emmons defined gratitude as an “affirmation of goodness” and acknowledging the sources of good things as external to ourselves.

Cultivate gratitude in your life with one of these strategies:

1. Keep a gratitude journal, and write in it at least once a week.

2. Send a note of thanks to a person who deserves a note of thanks.

3. Stay in the moment. Savor it, appreciate it, and show your gratitude.

4. Focus on intentions. Consider the effort and thought someone else practiced.

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