As we said last week, If BEING CONTENT is the cure for our discontent, GRATITUDE is the gateway to that Contentment.
So what is gratitude? Gratitude is defined as 'a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness'. Gratitude is the key to happiness in our everyday lives and the gateway to true happiness and contentment.
Scientific studies repeatedly confirm what we know is the truth. Grateful people are happier people. Neurosciences' understanding of neuroplasticity, or the plastic and changeable nature of our brain and mind, has confirmed that when we choose to be positive and grateful we create and strengthen the neural pathways that promote our health, happiness and well being.
Our thoughts create our reality. We feel content, abundant, happy and optimistic, when we choose...
There are many other benefits to being grateful including...
So there are lots of reasons to start a practice of gratitude. Why not join me in a...
Morning Gratitude practice
I can remember not too many years ago waking up full of moans and groans about getting up, the weather, the day ahead, getting to work in the traffic, and challenging patients. This was creating an unhelpful habit that was certainly not conducive to a positive, happy outlook.
These days I try to remember to wake up grateful instead of allowing that negative soundtrack to take me to that unhappy place.
We can start by being grateful for waking up!! And go on from there concentrating on all the things that are going right and our blessed lives.
2. Gratitude for my spotlighted person of the week .. my mum
Maybe a review of the 'resentment verses appreciation' blogs might be useful here. As I outlined in these blogs, some people may have suffered deep pain, hurt or abandonment, and I am not suggesting trivialising or ignoring these feelings. It can be difficult to forgive and let go of deep hurt and resentment and may take time and therapy to do so.
I find it helpful to be aware of how easy it can be for me to slip into negativity and resentment and replay that unhelpful soundtrack over and over. It is much more helpful to instead remember, to choose gratitude over resentment and that gratitude promotes positivity and happiness. And there is plenty to be grateful to my mother for - my life for one and all the sacrifices she made to bring me into the world.
My personal gratitude practice this week will include...
Have a great week. Thank you all.
Kind Regards and Best Wishes,