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[Wellness Wednesday] Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude

Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday! As we just celebrated Thanksgiving here in the US, gratitude has been at the forefront of many people’s minds. It’s not unusual for us to be thinking about all the things we’re grateful for during this time, but what about the rest of the year? Why not keep that ‘attitude of gratitude’ year-round?

I know — it’s not always that easy, is it? Life is unpredictable and downright hard sometimes. There are days that we may feel that life is just one kick in the teeth after the other, but that’s just a feeling. The fact is that regardless of how hard things get, there are also things to be grateful for.

As an example, in last Friday’s post, one of the things I was grateful for was that my husband was recovering and almost back to normal. Saturday night, his symptoms started again. We certainly weren’t thankful for that, but we were thankful that his cardiologist had told us what to do if it started again so he didn’t end up in the ER this weekend.

Sometimes we have to look a little harder for the silver lining, but it’s there.

Being grateful doesn’t always come naturally to us, but if we can cultivate that ‘attitude of gratitude’ it can have positive implications for our overall well-being. According to Harvard Health, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

With this in mind, I thought I’d share links to a couple of the articles I found on the subject of gratitude and well-being.  The second one, The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life is rather long, but it’s chock-full of great stuff!

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude

The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life:  https://www.happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/

Is Gratitude Good For Your Health?  https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/is_gratitude_good_for_your_health

Gratitude quote by Amy Collette [Wellness Wednesday] Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude https://reclaiminghope.blog

Once we see the benefits of cultivating that ‘attitude of gratitude’ we may be wondering where to start. Here are a few suggestions:

Cultivating An ‘Attitude of Gratitude’

  • Say thank you. This seems like a no-brainer, but have you ever held the door for someone at the mall and they walked right through without even acknowledging you were holding the door for them? Of course you and I would never do that, but what if we’re forgetting to say thank you for other ‘run of the mill’ things? Remembering to be grateful for the small things can help us to realize we may have more to be thankful for than we realize.
  • Choose one thing to be thankful for each day. Even on our worst day, we can usually find one thing to be grateful for if we look for it. Being intentional about looking is the important part, and if we make it our mission to find that one thing each day, we may start to find more than one.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. For many people, keeping a journal with all the things they’re grateful for helps them to feel more positive about their lives. For those of us who use bullet journals, having some gratitude pages or even listing our ‘one thing’ we’re grateful for each day can help keep those positive thoughts at the forefront of our minds.
  • Count your blessings. So we already know a lot of people have trouble falling asleep. What if, instead of counting sheep, we count our blessings? Even if we’re not having trouble sleeping, reviewing our blessings at the end of each day can help us feel more grateful.

How do you cultivate gratitude in your life? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 comments

    1. Thank you so much V.J. – you’re too kind! I hope you have a safe trip and a wonderful, restorative time. Hugs!

  1. This is really great advice that some of us need to hear especially around the holidays! During the holiday season people are so busy with buying gifts or going to parties that we tend to forget to appreciate even the little things.Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Thank you so much Sarah Lynn! You’re so right – we DO allow ourselves to get too busy this time of year, and people end up stressed out and unhappy. May you find lots to be grateful for this year! Blessings to you!

  2. Love this, such great advice, especially during the season of giving. I count my blessings almost daily and it really helps. I’ve been accused of being a Pollyanna, but I’m not, at all, I’m just aware that things could usually be much, much worse and I’m thankful they aren’t currently.

    1. Thank you so much Mishka! I would venture to guess that the ones who accused you of being a Pollyanna are people who generally take a negative view of things. Having a grateful spirit is an admirable quality, my friend, so don’t listen to the naysayers. Sending hugs your way!

  3. Very beautiful Terri. ‘An attitude of gratitude’ is perfect!
    Don’t we always remind our children to mind their manners, to say their please and thank you, why do we stop?! Or do we grow out of it at some point?!
    We must plant the seed. I tell my kids, a simple thank you let’s the other person know you’re grateful. And how hearing something so simple can change ones day. 😊🙏🏽

    1. Thank you so much Ana! You’re so right about needing to plant the seeds of gratitude with our kids. By simply training them to say thank you, we teach them to start cultivating that attitude of gratitude. Blessings to you!

      1. Indeed, I agree. Even our teachers do it in school starting from very little, however, it should always continue in the home. As they say, it starts in the home.
        Thank you, and to you as well!

    1. Thank you Brigid! I hope he’ll start feeling much better soon, but at least he didn’t have to go to the ER this time. That is definitely something to be grateful for! Blessings to you!

  4. Lovely post. I found a super sweet gratitude journal for children, with a unicorn on it! Which I’ve wanted for ages and your post has encouraged me to finally order. 🙂 xxx

    1. Thanks so much Heather! I love the idea of the gratitude journal with the unicorn on it.😊 I hope you have lots of things to write in it. Hugs to you and Dizzy!

  5. I’m better at pausing to bring to mind all I’m grateful for and all I can still do! I’ve been keeping a Gratitude journal since last Christmas and I’m looking forward to spending time over Christmas reading it and feeling really positive, grateful and blessed!

    1. That’s fabulous Marie! I’m sure that’s going to be a real blessing for you! I always enjoy reviewing my ‘answered prayers’ and’ things to be thankful for’ lists at the end of the year. Because it’s easy to forget some of those things it’s always wonderful to be reminded of them. Hugs!

      1. Thanks Terri, it’s something new and I’m looking forward to evoking these good memories! Hope you are well and that your husband is making a good recovery.

      2. Thank you Marie. I’m afraid it may be a long road ahead for his recovery. As soon as he went off his medication, his symptoms returned, and they still don’t know for sure why it started to begin with…. I’m just grateful he caught it in time to not end up in the hospital again this past weekend. Sending hugs!

    1. Thank you so much Mark – I really appreciate your kind words! I’m so glad you found it useful. I actually looked at a couple of the studies referenced in those links, but they were too far over my head for me to share anything useful from them.😊 Blessings to you!

  6. Gratitude attitude begats an attitude of Gratitude 😀
    It’s nurturing this in daily life by seeing things through positive lenses, as you said finding a silver lining even in the hardest of times.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. Thank you for sharing Jennifer! Looking at things through that positive lens can make all the difference in the world, can’t it? Blessings to you, sweet friend!

  7. I’m so sorry your husband started to get symptoms again, that must have been awful to go through when you’re hoping things are going ‘onwards and upwards’ with recovery. My fingers will be very much crossed that things settle back down and that any A&E visits are avoided. You’re right, finding the silver linings and cultivating an ‘attitude of gratitude’ can be so hard sometimes, but still important to do (perhaps even more so in the tough times). Great tips, especially with finding just one thing to be thankful for each day as that seems more do-able. Thanks for sharing the links to other articles, I quite like the Happier Human (not a site I recall coming across before) one. Sending hugs and best wishes your way and to your husband for a peaceful, healthy-as-possible weekend  ♥
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you so much Caz! I really liked the Happier Human article as well – it was just full of good information. Thanks so much for the well-wishes for my hubby. I hope his medication will get busy and have him feeling better soon. I hope you are feeling better also. Sending well-wishes and hugs!

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