Gratitude this Holiday Season
A simple action that can transform your day, mindset, and overall well-being.
Can you guess what it is....??
I'm sure you guessed it!
As easy as it may sound practicing gratitude can easily be forgotten during the business of daily life. With the holiday season coming up fast it is important to not get caught up in the superficial traditions society has created. Take time to step back and realize what the true meaning of holidays are and how much in life you have to be grateful for.
“Your Presence is the most precious gift you can give to another human being” - Marshall B Rosenberg.
Being present and expressing gratitude are the best gifts to give to others and yourself! Gratitude is an affirmation that there is goodness in your life and noticing that the source of good is from outside of ourselves (other people, nature, higher power). There is a lot of scientific research that supports gratitude practices having the biggest impact on life satisfaction and mental health compared to all emotions. I want to share with you the three areas that I feel a gratitude practice most applies to my life and hopefully yours too!
When talking about gratitude in relationships it’s associated with the perceived quality of the relationship. Forgiveness is a big factor in building quality relationships because part of the forgiveness process requires you are open, listen to your partner, and try to understand where they are coming from. Empathy with forgiveness shows them that you care! Gratitude strengthens relationship connection and satisfaction, in addition to promoting conflict resolution.
Major Life Transitions
Change can bring on stress and worrying thoughts. Whether you are changing jobs, moving cities, going away to college, or have ended a long-term relationship your mind may over complicate the situation leading to more negative feelings. In a study looking a first semester University undergraduates (major life transition) gratitude was assessed at the beginning and end of term. Over these few months researchers concluded that “students who were higher in gratitude were less stressed, less depressed and had higher perceived social support at the end of the first term.” Gratitude aids resilient mindsets that trust and enjoy the process of change.
Sleep is an essential part of a healthy life because it’s the time when your body recovers. Researchers looked at people’s pre-sleep cognitions related to sleep quality, duration, latency, and efficiency. They concluded that grateful people are more likely to think positively before sleeping therefore this leads to having better sleep!
You can practice gratitude anytime, anywhere! Try one of the points this week and notice how you feel after expressing gratitude.
Right as you awake in the morning pause in your bed and think of three things you are grateful for.
At lunch time practice Grati-food (more on this next week). #mindfuleating
Be present in the shower and reflect on things that bring you joy. #showerthoughts
Before bed you can write out what you were grateful for that day. #gratitudejournal
Express gratitude to others: write a letter, call a friend, have a sharing time with your partner.
Look beyond the gifts, celebrate the loved ones, pets, good food, health, live music, or maybe a strangers welcoming smile! I encourage you to stay present this holiday season. Your presence will allow you to be more open and understanding amongst family-stressed environments and may even rub off on everyone else! Everyone has something to be grateful for.
I am super grateful for all of you! Seeing people make my recipes and hearing about lifestyle changes you have made in your lives because of the information I share is surreal. As much as I try to motivate you, you all motivate me to keep sharing and following my passions. Thank You!
"Live Dirty, Eat Clean & Green",