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Tue, Nov 20, 2018 2:46pm

Gratitude Changes Everything

By Michelle Graff-Radford, HABIT Yoga Instructor, @michellegraffradford

Give Thanks

Would having Thanksgiving every day improve our health? Yes. But this doesn’t mean heaping our plates full of turkey, gravy, stuffing and pie daily. It means being grateful every day.

One of the special things about Thanksgiving is expressing our gratitude. The holiday reminds us to pause, reflect and see the blessings in our lives.

Can we be grateful every day even when we feel overwhelmed or when upsetting events occur? Yes. That’s when you need an extra dose of gratitude that can give you a new perspective.

Gratitude is an attitude – a sense of appreciation for the gifts in our life. Research shows that practicing gratitude can make you healthier and happier. It improves sleep, boosts immunity and improves relationships. Focusing on blessings can help ward off depression and build resilience in times of stress and grief. While we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can choose how we feel about it.

Some techniques to help you to build your sense of gratitude:

  • Start The Day With Gratitude. As soon as you wake up, before you get out of bed, practice gratitude. Take a few deep breaths and think about three people in your life that you are grateful for. While breathing in slowly and deeply, visualize the first person. Then send him or her your silent gratitude as you breathe out. Repeat the exercise with each person. To remind you to do this practice, write a sticky note with the word “Gratitude” on it and post it in your bathroom or put it in your calendar.
  • Keep A Gratitude Journal. Studies suggest that writing in a gratitude journal one to three times per week might actually have a greater impact on our happiness than journaling every day. Write down three things for which you feel grateful. The things you list can be relatively small in importance, such as someone opening the door for you or feeling a breeze on your face. The goal of the exercise is to remember a good event, experience or people in your life—then savor the positive emotions that come with it. Write down how these events made you feel at the time and how this event makes you feel now.
  • Count Your Blessings, Not Sheep. Before going to sleep or if you awaken during the night and can't sleep, review the things you have done that day and the people in your life and look for moments that make you realize how fortunate you are.

“Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted…The root of joy is gratefulness...It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” David Steindal-Rast (Benedictine Monk)

@michellegraffradford – Thank you. This is beautiful. I'm not really big on this kind of thing but I am going to print this off and try it for a month… okay, let's say til the end of the year. You have inspired me.

Hi @debbraw

I think I'll do the same thing. Do you mind if I join you?

Anyone else?

I’m with you Debbra and Teresa! Happy Thanksgiving…not only on the 22nd🦃🦃🦃

@hopeful33250

Hi @debbraw

I think I'll do the same thing. Do you mind if I join you?

Anyone else?

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@hopeful33250 – Teresa, by all means, please join me. We'll have a Gratitude Group! Any others want to do it?

@providence1960

I’m with you Debbra and Teresa! Happy Thanksgiving…not only on the 22nd🦃🦃🦃

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@providence1960 – GREAT! We will be grateful on Thanksgiving and after!. Let's come back here and share how its going. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your mom!

I'm in! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

I Needed .this. My 13 year old beautiful granddaughter was not successful in her suicide attempt and for that I am grateful. After being in a Mentak Behavior hospital for 3 weeks she was just released to residence care. I am so very grateful I got to visit her on a Thanksgiving Eve. I hugged her and told her how much I love her. She is on her way to recovery but it will take time . I am so very grateful for her. She is my only ganddaughter was trying to b perfect with good grades and all the activities in school. She had some setbacks and could not handle it. I am grateful for her.

@debbraw

@hopeful33250 – Teresa, by all means, please join me. We'll have a Gratitude Group! Any others want to do it?

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@debbraw Add me to the group!

@debbraw

@hopeful33250 – Teresa, by all means, please join me. We'll have a Gratitude Group! Any others want to do it?

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I would like to join!

@damlady2

I Needed .this. My 13 year old beautiful granddaughter was not successful in her suicide attempt and for that I am grateful. After being in a Mentak Behavior hospital for 3 weeks she was just released to residence care. I am so very grateful I got to visit her on a Thanksgiving Eve. I hugged her and told her how much I love her. She is on her way to recovery but it will take time . I am so very grateful for her. She is my only ganddaughter was trying to b perfect with good grades and all the activities in school. She had some setbacks and could not handle it. I am grateful for her.

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@damlady2

Your granddaughter is so fortunate to have you in her corner and cheering her on!
Perfection is a hard goal to attain and usually results in setbacks. I'm glad to hear that she is on the road to recovery.
Wishing you and her well.

@debbraw

@hopeful33250 – Teresa, by all means, please join me. We'll have a Gratitude Group! Any others want to do it?

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Yes I too will join the gratitude group! Wonderful reminder shanke49

@hopeful33250

Hi @debbraw

I think I'll do the same thing. Do you mind if I join you?

Anyone else?

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I would also like to join.

How wonderful that our Gratitude Group (GG) is growing each day.

yes yes! I would like to join! what a great idea!

Welcome to you as well!

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