FINDING GRATITUDE AND WHY IT MATTERS

July 17, 2018

Gratitude is an emotion we typically don’t pay much attention to in our busy lives. We’re vaguely pleased or feel lucky when things work out well, but that’s about it. Turns out that’s a big mistake. We’re missing out on something really important; and it’s free.  Research shows that being consciously mindful of gratitude makes people feel better in every way; physically, mentally and emotionally.

Each time we experience gratitude, it reduces stress and inflammation in our entire being, while promoting healthier mind states and immune responses. Why is this so important?  The U.S. Center for Disease Control, estimates stress plays a significant role in 90% of all health issues.

Our daily lives and memories are filled with scenery of all types. Some attractive, some not so much.  Imagine standing on a hill with two choices. We can watch the sun rise or turn the other way and take in the local dump. Either way, we’re standing in the same place, but the views and our reactions to them are very different. The emotion of gratitude changes what we notice about our lives and surroundings. In fact, recent research in major depression has shown just the act of looking for something to be grateful for has positive benefits; even if patients couldn’t find anything at that moment. Just the attempt, helped change the focus.

Try this fascinating little experiment today. For the biggest impact, share the results each day with someone close to you; a partner, friend, family, co-worker. For two weeks, commit yourself to recording at least three things you’ve noticed you’re grateful for each and every day.  It doesn’t matter how big or small the experiences they are, as long as you become aware of some feelings of gratitude each time. Nerds like myself can even track the changes in their moods and sense of wellbeing; physically, mentally and emotionally.  Simple to use tracking tools will be sent at no charge on request.

Sometimes we need something more substantial. Tools such as Emotional Freedom Techniques that act like a marriage counsellor between our conscious and subconscious minds are hugely useful.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the author to explore these and other effective tools and resources available to you.

Yours in good mental/emotional health.

The above is for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

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Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist specializing in anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma, Post Concussion Syndrome and self-sabotage. He’s based at Whole Therapy and ECOSYS Wellness Center in Ottawa ON. Canada. Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across North America. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed

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