It’s another cold and dreary day up here in the foothills above Denver, CO, but it’s not affecting my gratefulness. First let me say I have the greatest, most supportive spouse ever! He gave up his last weekend to paint my office to match my new office furniture. So...
This is my first blog so bear with me. I have spent the past few weeks doing practice coaching for my life coaching certification. I have passed both my coaching test and my written test and have only 2 more practice coaching sessions to complete my certification...
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful
How we relate to others and the world around us is determined by our outlook.
It’s easy to be self-centered and emotionally inaccessible when we are discouraged and things aren’t going our way. This takes a toll on our relationships and ability to get things done. Some of us are natural optimists and others of us are natural pessimists, based on our personalities. Whether you’re a glass half-full or glass half-empty type, it’s important to know that the proverbial glass is refillable. Your outlook on life is completely under your control. So, how do we refill our glass?
The importance of gratitude in changing one’s attitude has long been touted by psychologists. But gratitude affects more than just our attitude. Our health and well-being are also dramatically impacted by the amount of gratitude we have. Try keeping a gratitude journal in which you write down 3-4 things you are grateful for every day. I’m sure you will find the results overwhelmingly positive.
Many benefits are enjoyed by people who practice gratitude daily. Physical benefits include better sleep, stronger immune systems and fewer aches and pains. They also experience more joy and other positive emotions and a bent toward optimism emotionally. The benefits naturally result in people interacting with those around them in a way that is less isolating and lonely, but more generous and forgiving.
Next time something discouraging or problematic happens, consciously look for reasons to be grateful in the situation and see how it impacts your mood.
“Life is like a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you want.”