Healing the Heart with Gratitude
THIS MONTHS FOCUS INVOLVES A TOPIC WE AT MBSS LOVE, GRATITUDE.
The benefits of gratitude are extensive and bountiful. Studies show that practicing and experiencing gratitude Improves physical health, psychological health, and self esteem. Experiencing gratitude increases mental strength, reduces stress, boosts feelings of satisfaction, and supports our ability to heal. The attitude of gratitude enhances empathy which leads us to connecting more deeply with others and creating the desire to help others therefore improving our relationships.
Despite these benefits, we are not always able to express gratitude, sometimes because we're too busy, other times because negative feelings overshadow the good in our lives.
TO EMBOLDEN YOUR CONNECTION TO GRATITUDE, CHECK OUT THIS MONTHS MEDITATION.
This audio meditation assist with building a connection to the deep wisdom and light inside your heart, healing emotional imbalances, and brightening your connection to gratitude.
TO KEEP THE FEELING OF GRATITUDE ALIVE DURING EACH DAY OF THE MONTH, CHECK OUT THESE FOUR EASY EXERCISES THAT HELP US GIVE THANKS.
1. KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL, AND MAKE IT PERSONAL.
If you want to get the most out of journaling -- and you're motivated to become more grateful and happier -- put time and effort into your gratitude journal. Each morning and evening write down 3 things that make you feel grateful. This can be people, places, situations, a moment shared of laughter or tears, anything that evokes the feeling of gratitude. Think about what what effect have this thing, situation, person, or pet has had on you? Why are you grateful to know it/them? What positive contributions have it/they made to your life? Connect each morning and evening to the sensation of gratitude evoked by these people, situations, and things.
2. SCHEDULE A GRATITUDE VISIT OR CALL.
Is there someone in your past who changed your life for the better, either through words, actions or both? If you know of such a person, write them a concise and honest letter identifying what they did to help you and how it affected you. If the recipient lives close to you, arrange a meeting with them. When you're ready, take your time reading the note without interruption to the person to whom you're grateful. After, discuss it with them, and ask how they interpret it and how they feel about your relationship. When we feel gratitude, we benefit from the pleasant memory of a positive event in our life, but sometimes our thank-you is said so casually or quickly that it is nearly meaningless. If they don't live nearby or you have too tight of a schedule to visit the person, then schedule a call with them and share the letter over the phone. In this exercise, “Gratitude Visit or Call,” you will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to express your gratitude in a thoughtful, purposeful manner.
3. MAKE A GRATITUDE JAR.
Any old jar will do for this exercise, but it helps to decorate the jar so it stands out and reminds you of gratitude. The most important part of the gratitude jar exercise is where you place it; you want to put it somewhere you know you'll be at least once or twice per day. Any time you're near the jar and feel thankful, place either a note of what your grateful about or a small amount of money in it. When the jar fills up, read the notes and donate the contents so your gratitude can help others. Keeping a gratitude jar serves as a daily reminder that we have much to be grateful for in our lives, which enhances our happiness and overall well-being. Using our gratitude to show kindness to a charity we are passionate about has a gratitude and happiness ripple effect.
4. SET A GRATITUDE ALARM.
If you perform a gratitude exercise every once in a while, but wish you could complete them more frequently, try setting a gratitude alarm. With a gratitude alarm, you're setting a reminder to take stock of the past 24 hours. If you set your alarm for 8 p.m., for example, you want to recollect all of the events that transpired since your last alarm. For each day of the week, jot down five moments you’re grateful for. It’s helpful to separate the events by day. By the end of the week, you can look at your list and find common themes. Did a repeated action trigger multiple feelings of gratitude? Why was one day lacking in gratitude and another loaded with it? Doing this exercise assists you with carrying that positive energy through a larger part of the day. If you decide to continue utilizing this tool, over time, your awareness of future events deserving gratitude will increase dramatically.
Gratitude Meditation Audio
Dr. Darren Weissman
DR. DARREN WEISSMAN, DC
Darren R. Weissman, D.C. is a chiropractic holistic physician, developer of The LifeLine Technique®, and best-selling author of The Power of Infinite Love & Gratitude, Awakening to the Secret Code of Your Mind, The Daily Lessons of Infinite Love & Gratitude and The Heart of the Matter. He is a contributing author of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s best-selling book, The Healing Power of Water. Based upon his expertise of the subconscious mind and holistic health Dr. Weissman is an international speaker in the field of consciousness and has been featured in the films E-Motion, Making Mankind, Beyond Belief, and The Truth and the soon to be released documentary, Heal. Dr. Weissman has written for numerous magazines including Natural Health, The Huffington Post, Prevention, and InStyle. His passion is teaching people how to intentionally change the emotional programs of the subconscious mind. As a natural by-product, clients directly enhance their body’s and relationship’s natural potential to heal and thrive.
Based upon his life’s work and research, Dr. Weissman developed The LifeLine Technique® in 2002. Since then, he established The LifeLine Center offering a diverse array of individual care services and educational course programs devoted to personal development with a collective vision of creating world peace through inner peace. The LifeLine Technique® draws students from all over the world where there are now over 500 Certified LifeLine Practitioners in 24 countries. In addition serving clients of all ages at The LifeLine Wellness Center, writes for magazines and blogs and maintains an international workshop and lecture schedule teaching The LifeLine Technique® via e-learning and live courses.
Dr. Abby speaks with Dr. Darren about his development of The Lifeline Technique® and the magic of living with an "attitude of gratitude." Learn tools + strategies to make gratitude practices part of your daily life, and how to view your "problems as portals" to live life with intention. This interview is jam packed with valuable information!
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How to Start a Daily Gratitude Practice
“THE ANTIDOTE TO FEAR IS GRATITUDE. THE ANTIDOTE TO ANGER IS GRATITUDE. YOU CAN’T FEEL FEAR OR ANGER WHILE FEELING GRATITUDE AT THE SAME TIME.” — TONY ROBBINS
We have all heard about gratitude and that’s its important for a happy mind and positive out look but did you know it’s also good for your health?
In a recent study in Applied Psychology Health and Well-Being, led by psychology professor Nancy Digdon, she found that grateful thoughts can help you get a great night's sleep.
In another study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers asked people to rate their levels of gratitude. The higher the level of gratitude, the more it correlated with increased behaviors like exercise, healthy eating and going to the doctor.
Studies have also shown that gratitude can decrease depression, increase happiness, improve relationships and overall wellbeing!
All of this sounds amazing to me so how is it that we get a little more gratitude going on in our daily lives?
A daily gratitude practice can take as little as 5-10 minutes and the results are amazing – most of us have long to-do lists as it is so let me show you how to make this as easy as making your morning coffee.
Taking time every night before sleep, write down 3-5 things that you’re grateful for. Stretch a little beyond “I’m grateful for fiancé Matt” and make it more specific and meaningful example “I’m grateful for my fiance Matt making dinner tonight after a busy day at work”. Stretch a little beyond all the amazing things already in front of you.
Feeling gratitude produces endorphins, helps stimulate dopamine and serotonin and all these happy chemicals are not only health producing but will help increase a greats night sleep. Upon waking up in the morning re-read your 3-5 grateful statements and ensure a great start to the day.
Can it be that easy? Absolutely. I recommend having a designated “gratitude journal” and start increasing those happy, little feel good chemicals.