Show Some Gratitude: You’ll Be Better Off For it — Part 1

Years ago, I attended a workshop and wrote down this quote from the facilitator:  “You get what you focus upon, and what you focus upon grows.”  I’ve thought a lot about that concept since then, and with all the reminders of giving thanks that surround us this week, it seemed like a good idea to not only focus on gratitude, but take a look at how to turn that into Love Applied.

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For some of us, expressing gratitude for what we have has become a habit.  Saying grace at mealtime, or sending a thank you note to someone is second nature.  But what if you’d like to incorporate more gratitude into your life?  Reporter John Tierney of the New York Times, has this to say in his article, “A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day”

Start with “gratitude lite.” That’s the term used by Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California, Davis, for the technique used in his pioneering experiments he conducted along with Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami. They instructed people to keep a journal listing five things for which they felt grateful, like a friend’s generosity, something they’d learned, a sunset they’d enjoyed.

The gratitude journal was brief — just one sentence for each of the five things — and done only once a week, but after two months there were significant effects. Compared with a control group, the people keeping the gratitude journal were more optimistic and felt happier. They reported fewer physical problems and spent more time working out.

I’m guessing that if you asked most people what they wanted out of life, it would be to be happy.  If you want to be happy, then do things that make you happy.  What could be easier than simply focusing on what you are grateful for?

That’s Love Applied.

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