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The Gratitude Attitude
YOUR MOOD MATTERS: THERE’S A GROWING BODY OF RESEARCH CONNECTING STRESS TO THE BODY’S IMMUNE RESPONSE AND CHRONIC INFLAMMATION.
PART OF THE GRATITUDE ATTITUDE IS BEING KIND TO OTHERS AND TO YOURSELF. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT KINDNESS BEGINS WITH THE PERSON IN THE MIRROR. MAKE SURE YOU ARE SAYING POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING THINGS TO YOURSELF WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR. LOVE THYSELF FIRST.
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION IS VERY REAL AND SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
There’s no better way to set the tone for your day then by waking up and greeting the day “Thank you, God, for this awesome and amazing day you have gifted me.” This is how I start my day everyday. I speak these words out loud and my day begins from there. I call this the ‘gratitude attitude’, and it truly puts me in the right headspace for the day ahead.
Gratitude has been found to be one of the strongest positive emotions and is often linked to happiness. Most of us are confused when it comes to gratitude. We think we need to achieve certain goals or get to a certain place in our lives before we take a breath and express appreciation for all that we have. In fact, happiness isn’t what brings you gratitude, gratitude is what brings you happiness.
Some people find it helpful to make gratitude part of their family dinner, going around the table with each person sharing something good that happened to them that day and why they are thankful. Teaching the next generation that there is good in each day is an important lesson to pass along and can be a building block for happiness. This time also gives couples and families space to connect and share.
Gratitude has physical, psychological, and social benefits. The practice of gratitude has been shown to improve your immune system, regulate blood pressure, reduce aches and pains, and help with sleep. Gratitude can help achieve higher levels of joy and allows those who practice it to feel less lonely and more optimistic.
5-7-5 In through the Nose and Out with a Smile
I do this breathing practice several times a day. You breathe in through the nose for 5 seconds; you hold it for 7; and you breathe out through the mouth for 5. I say, “In through the nose, out through the smile.”
You can practice this 24/7/365, anytime of the day or night. The 5-7-5 rule is a meditative practice. You don’t need to be sitting in a lotus position or at an ashram or the yoga studio. Right where you’re sitting, standing, lying, resting, or relaxing is just fine.
Just stop what you’re doing and focus on your breathing.
SYNC YOUR BREATH WITH THE IMAGE:
BREATH IN: 5 SECONDS
HOLD: 7 SECONDS
BREATHE OUT: 5 SECONDS
Creativity: Fertilize the Universe
JUST GO FOR IT
Studies link being open to new experiences with lower levels of inflammation. Get out there and try something new. It will benefit your mind and your body. If you’ve wanted to learn how to paint, knit, make pottery, master calligraphy, write a poem, learn an instrument, plant a garden, go do it!
I took up flying and earned my pilot’s license in my mid-50s. Talk about stepping out of your comfort zone! Hitting the skyways at 10,000 feet behind the yoke with just you and the clouds is literally out of most of our comfort zones. I’m now working toward getting certified to fly a jet. But trying something new doesn’t have to be an expensive, dangerous new hobby. I’m not suggesting we all start free-climbing on weekends (although try it if it’s always been your dream, just be safe and get the proper training!).
Trying something new doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. It can be as simple as taking a new route on your drive home from work so that you see different landmarks along the way and you get a new perspective.
It can mean pushing yourself creatively. Write something every day. It doesn’t have to be a three-act play or short story. It can just be a few words about your day in a journal that you keep by your bed. Put pen to paper and write-out in long hand a couple of sentences or helpful reminders to yourself about how you’re feeling and your goals. Or keep a digital diary on your phone if you want to be more high-tech.
For me, painting and potting have always been a creative outlet.
I started working with pottery when I was in high school.
I took up painting much later in life, and I wasn’t very good at first. Tapping into that creative part of my brain does wonders for stress and helps me feel connected to a higher power and the bigger picture.