Gratitude is good for you.
Yep. That statement almost makes it seem selfish, doesn’t it?
Here’s the thing: Gratitude is selfish and selfless at the same time. People who take time for themselves to reflect on the events, people, or things they appreciate actually reduce stress hormones and could reduce the effects of aging. Which means you can have a good time and remember it longer.
Others benefit from gratitude, too. Well,it stands to reason that if you are having a good time and remembering it, others will have a good time right along with you. But the recipients of a simple “thank you” can experience a greater sense of self-worth and happiness. It’s powerful and here’s a study to prove it. Giving is receiving.
Not enough to convince you? Here’s another.
I believe in expressing gratitude before expecting the Universe to produce. It is important to get emotional (in a good way) about today’s gifts in order to allow the same vibration to return to us. And really – it is so easy to find things to appreciate.
- Did you wake up this morning, sheltered from weather?
- Do you have access to running water?
- Are there people in your circle who make you smile, or embrace you with love?
- Do you enjoy the tools of civilization – transportation, community, food sources, free speech?
Just as you give thanks before eating a meal, give thanks before receiving. “I am so happy and grateful, now that…” is a powerful message to the Universe that you are happy in that state of mind, and desire more feelings of gratitude. When you give, you receive – and pretty soon it’s a great big love ring of gratitude. It just circles around and around and around until you can no longer remember where it started – and you don’t care.
I’m so grateful to have my sons and my sweet and loving Bill Spaide (his name was changed to protect his privacy). They are key players in my adventures – past and present. I am grateful for not-so-pretty events and all those angels who were cleverly disguised as Snideley Whiplashes and other evil wrongdoers. They showed me how strong I am and how I can use my own power for good. My friends – too many to count – walk alongside me for at least part of this wonderful adventure. Our laughter would light up the galaxy if it were harnessed. I thank the Universe for dog breath, puddle jumping, music, knees, honey, lingering kisses, big fat snowflakes, sunlight, green beans, butter, babies, dancing, bubble wrap, four-leaf clovers, dishwashers, flannel, old photographs, memories, and warm socks.
And that’s just for starters. See how easy it is?
Get out there and be a thanker. You will find that for every thank you, one hundred more come back to you.