Gratitude Attitude – A True Day of Gratitude
Do you have a gratitude attitude? Like most holidays in this country, Thanksgiving has been highly commercialized. How about we turn it into a true day of gratitude. We don’t even need a specific reason, except that we can, and quite frankly, humanity needs it.
We can simply declare this holiday as an opportunity to truly reflect on what we have, what we’re grateful for, and what we can offer to uplift others. We have that discretion, that power, and that responsibility, should we accept it.
As a result, we can experience the many benefits that expressing gratitude offers to us. A gratitude attitude is one of the fastest ways to counteract stress and lift our mood. Expressing gratitude turns on the brain’s reward pathways, increasing the production of feel-good hormones and endorphins, both of which can greatly improve our outlook on life.
As researched, observed, and recorded by the HeartMath® Institute, gratitude can create positive and profound changes in our heart rhythms. It also offers the following health benefits, as reported by those who consistently express gratitude, per several different research studies and reviews:
- Fewer aches and pains
- Higher levels of life satisfaction
- Increased levels of happiness
- Reduced levels of depression
- Improved quality of sleep
- Increased resiliency
- Lower levels of systemic inflammation
- Less fatigue
- Fewer health complaints, in general, including headaches, dizziness, stomachaches, and congestion
According to Harvard Health, “In positive psychology research, [a gratitude attitude]…is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
Ways to express your gratitude include:
- Simply saying thank you without an expectation of anything in return
- Tipping a service provider
- Keeping a journal for writing down all the things you are grateful for
- Writing thank you notes and cards (or post-its!)
- Performing an unexpected act of kindness for someone
- Giving someone a gift
- Really listen to someone
- Offering assistance to a loved one
- Taking time for yourself!
Dr. Kalaba hopes you start with an amazing Day of Gratitude, turning into a week, then a month, then a year, and then a lifetime!