Gratitude makes us happy, healthy, wealthy and whole.
A positive mental attitude is good for your heart. It fends off depression, stress and anxiety, which can increase the risk of heart disease, says Paul Mills, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Mills specializes in disease processes and has been researching behavior and heart health for decades. He wondered if the very specific feeling of gratitude made a difference, too. Read more →
“You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind.”
Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Our response to this age-old question about positive thinking reflects our outlook and attitude toward life.
Positive thinking doesn’t mean our head is buried in the sand while we ignore unpleasant situations. Positive thinking simply means that we approach life’s challenges in a more positive and productive way. We believe the best is going to happen rather than the worst. Read more →
Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life. ~ Jack Canfield
Society often promotes success as based upon monetary and material things. But what truly makes life fulfilling and ensures success is being grateful for all we have.
Studies show that people who practice gratitude are healthier, happier, more productive, and earn more money than those who don’t appreciate what they already have. They have stronger relationships with friends, family, coworkers, and partners. An attitude of gratitude boosts careers, allows us to more easily overcome challenges, resolve problems, and manage stress. Read more →
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
Have you ever stopped to consider what an amazing world we live in?
There are numerous things all around us that are awe-inspiring if we simply take a moment to look closely.
The list is endless.
What do you find wonderful in the world? Make a list in a notebook or gratitude journal.
The expression of gratitude is a kind of meta-strategy for achieving happiness. ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky
Gratitude is many things to many people but it is so much more than simply saying ‘thank you’.
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
One of the best things in life is having a true friend. Another is being a true friend. Having connections with different people who understand, support and appreciate you, make you laugh, let you cry and help you remember who you are is an amazing gift.
…if you live feeling like
Your glass is half empty, well,
It may as well be empty all the way.
~Mattie J.T. Stepanek, Journey Through Heartsongs
The word “appreciation” means really seeing something for what it is – having an awareness of how special, how lucky, how unique, how blessed, how big, wonderful or awesome something is. Appreciation is a recognition not based on comparison, but based on the intrinsic value, character or immensity of a thing, action or person.
Some people are born “appreciators”. They value the essence of everything – the beauty of a sunset, the fragile green of a leaf, the boundless energy of a small child. Others must learn to see the beauty and wonder in the world.
Teaching children the value of appreciation is so important. It opens the heart, giving them a sense of belonging, a sense of community. Gratitude opens children up to the awareness of what others provide. Helping children grow an ‘attitude of gratitude’ can begin at a very early age. Read more →
To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings. ~Dr. Robert Emmons
There are times when feeling grateful is really tough. Many things can have us looking on the downside rather than counting our blessings.