gratitude is healthyHere it is, thrust on us again.  Thanksgiving is coming up for all of us in the United States and it urges us to consider all the things in life that we are grateful for. The mind may resist this for all its mysterious reason, but the fact is, practicing gratitude has been found to have enormous benefits to our mental health.

Meister Eckhart said,

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

So here we are in this moment, reading this post, and I’m inviting you to do a 1-minute practice of the things in life you are grateful for.

If your mind is restless and wants to skip past this short exercise, check-in and see if there’s any discomfort. Sometimes we actually have discomfort to considering what we are grateful for and skip over a practice that has been proven to be beneficial in respect to experiencing a sense of life satisfaction and encouraging comfortable emotions in our lives.

We often take our lives and the people in them for granted. Take this moment to consider what it is you are grateful for and actually express it in the comments below. You can use a pseudonym, that’s perfectly fine

Here are some examples to get you started:

  1. Do you have freedom of speech, the right to vote, and the freedom to practice personal religion?
  2. Are there people in your life that you are appreciative of?
  3. Has anyone smiled at you today?

The fact that you’re alive means there’s more right with you than wrong with you and we can be grateful for what’s right.

I promise, there’s not better time than now to do this. As you share it below, you encourage this in others and this could have a profound effect on many of us as we move through this holiday season.

 


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APA Reference
Goldstein, E. (2010). Meister Eckhart on Gratitude: The Time is Now. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2010/11/meister-eckhart-on-gratitude-the-time-is-now/

 

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