As we enter into the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we enter into a time for reflecting on the many blessings we have seen through the year. Acknowledging those people, organizations, and the times that have shaped them is important and rewarding in ways you may not have thought of.
“Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.” Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul
- Better sleep
- High energy level
- High level of optimism
- Capacity for forgiveness
- High levels of joy and happiness
- Healthy hearts and immune systems
- The ability to handle times of loss or crises
- Lowered incidence of stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches.
- Who or what inspired me today?
- What made me happy today?
- What gave me peace today?
“Reflect on your present blessings, on which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
“Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.” Marelisa Fabrega