What’s Up With Gratitude?
The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
We practice gratitude and we feel better and are, generally, happier and more satisfied with life. What’s up with that?
Giving thanks - possibly through a daily ritual of thanksgiving, a gratitude journal, a gesture of appreciation, or an act of kindness – has a number of proven benefits to our wellbeing, current research suggests.
Grateful people are found to experience:
Improvements to physical health
Improvements to mental health
Reduced stress levels and greater resilience
We simply need to show up and ask the questions, ‘What am I grateful for? For whom am I grateful?’ Try this when you are feeling stuck. Notice how the asking begins to shift you internally. When we do this, when we practice gratitude with intentionality, we begin to create a brain that is wired for gratitude. As gratitude changes our mental activity and our physiology experiences the delicious flood of feel-good neurotransmitters, we trigger a confirmation bias; the brain begins to seek out this experience, looking for things about which to be grateful.
Every encounter may then become an opportunity for gratitude. Through the lens of gratitude all the challenges in our lives may become a holy gift (the expression “holy sh*t” takes on a whole new meaning).
Learn to meditate on gratitude. Allow yourself to concentrate for a minute or two on the people, circumstances, situations or experiences in your life for which you feel grateful; and, experience the shift.
Begin where you are.
Are you interested in learning how to meditate and incorporate gratitude as a daily practice? Explore classes and guided meditations with Miriam.