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Daily Gratitude

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.” - Oprah Winfrey

We rush from one activity to the next at a frantic pace and often come to the end of our day without having REALLY experienced all of the (extra)ordinary moments in our waking hours. Those ordinary moments for which we are so grateful. The big hug from our little ones, or the slobbery kisses from our dog, or that compliment from a stranger that really made our day. Those golden opportunities to really connect on a deep level.

But what I’ve been pondering lately, is how can we blend gratitude into those rich moments on a regular basis?

We’ve all heard it before- Be grateful. Have an attitude of gratitude. But there’s more to it than that. Gratitude actually CHANGES OUR BRAIN. New research is showing that gratitude goes much further than we may have thought.

There are new studies that show the benefits of gratitude include reduced stress, lower rates of depression and obesity, stronger relationships, better sleep, stronger immune system, feeling more optimistic, more resilient, lower blood pressure, better pain management, and better self-care - to practice The Four Seeds of Self-Care! What more do I need to say?

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.” - Johannes Gaertner

So often we look for the cause of our beliefs and emotions, which is certainly a crucial component to healing. But once we have identified feelings we haven't addressed, limiting beliefs and done work on forgiveness we need to shift our focus to all that is going right and the potential for our lives to improve!