“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~Eckhart Tolle
This November, we’re choosing to focus on gratitude. November seems like a perfect time, and not just because of the American practice of celebrating Thanksgiving. As Dr. Sarah and I have mentioned in previous posts (here and here), we have each been focusing on taking this year (especially this fall) more slowly and more intentionally. So now feels like a perfect time to implement a gratitude practice and take our own wellness to the next level.
“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” ~Naomi Williams
There are numerous studies that have found that practicing gratitude enhances overall life satisfaction and subjective well-being. Gratitude is correlated with a sense of satisfaction with life and work, a positive mood, happiness, optimism, and hope (McCullough, Emmons, and Tsang, 2002). In addition, gratitude appears to impact anxiety, depression and negative moods. We have seen how gratitude has impacted the lives of people we work with, as well as in our own lives and so we’ll be digging deep this month.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ~John F. Kennedy
Here’s what to expect this month: Each Monday, we will have #GratitudeMonday posts, where we will introduce you to a scientifically researched technique to bring more gratitude into your life that week. And each Thursday, we will have our #ThankfulThursday posts, where we will explore themes of gratitude and encourage you to identify those things you are most thankful for. We hope you’ll play along by using the hashtags and feel free to let us know how your gratitude practice grows!
You can start by thinking of one thing you are grateful for today. Maybe it’s a person or an act of kindness. Maybe it’s a special furry friend who keeps you company. Pause and take 5 minutes to think about how this impacts your life in a positive way. Share with us here or on Instagram or Facebook! We’ll start by sharing how much we are grateful for you! We love this little Thriving community on the internet and social media and we continue to be inspired by all of the amazing work each of you are doing to better yourselves and the world around you each day! Happy November!