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According to Research, feeling grateful can improve sleep, mood, and immunity. Gratitude can reduce depression, anxiety, and problems with chronic pain. ” If a pill could do this, everyone would take it.”
What am I grateful for today?
DAD, my two amazing kids, asked, can you simultaneously have a growth and gratitude mindset? I responded why not?
Find out my response at the end of the newsletter.
The experiment(n=1) was to be grateful for every minute as I hiked through challenging terrain. As I journeyed and breathlessly climbed the hills, the sun rose over the horizon as if to meet me at the summit.
I thought momentarily; we were supposed to be in fall(?autumn), as the sun’s heat baked my dark skin.
However, I enjoyed the Hot Hiking!
- Conversation with a musician at the park
About half an hour into my gratitude hiking, I started feeling great; my trackers told me I was in zone 2, the fat-burning zone.
As I climbed to the park’s summit toward the east, my attention caught a young-looking white male playing a stringed instrument. David( not his real name), strumming his stringed instrument and singing along.
We all remembered the story of Josh Bell in Washington, D.C., on a cold January morning. The young violinist played several classical compositions for about 45 minutes. Seven people stopped and listened for a while, and about twenty gave money as they walked past. The violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the world’s most excellent musicians, and he played some of the most intricate pieces ever written on a violin worth $3.5 million.
What you don’t pay for, you don’t appreciate, the adage says.
With a heart of gratitude, I initiated a conversation with Dave, like many strangers I meet in my community.
If you have no time to stop and listen to one of the world’s best musicians playing the finest music ever written, one of the most beautiful instruments ever made, what else are you missing as you rush through Life?
That’s a great tune, I commented. What would you advise on my learning adventure?
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I wondered why I should mortgage my future to get another PhD to learn music. The thought came to mind: ” When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
- Deep Dive into the benefits of Gratitude
” The fear and terror of prairie fire was uppermost in the minds of all the early settlers.”
- C. Reavers Perry, 1978 ( 100 years of Creek Valley History)
I took another breath and said my gratitude prayers, walking past fellow hikers, black, white, and Asian children riding their bicycles, and dogs running after their owners.
Being thankful has many physical, psychological, and social benefits. Here are some of the benefits of cultivating a sense of gratitude during this Thanksgiving season!
- Improved Mental Health:
- Stress reduction: gratitude can reduce stress levels by shifting our focus away from negative thoughts and emotions.
- Resilience: being thankful helps build emotional strength, making it much easier to cope with challenging situations
- Depression and Anxiety reduction: Consistently expressing gratitude can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
2 Better Physical Health:
- Improved sleep: Thankful individuals often experience improved quality and duration of their sleep.
- Blood Pressure Reduction: Some research suggests that gratitude may help lower blood pressure and improve heart health.
- Pain Management: Individuals who offer gratitude may report better pain tolerance.
3 Improved Happiness:
- Gratitude is linked to higher levels of Life Satisfaction and overall well-being.
- Practicing gratitude can improve positive emotions, such as joy, love, and contentment.
- Being thankful for your accomplishments and support of others can enhance your self-esteem
4 Improved Relationships:
- Being thankful fosters a sense of connection and closeness in relationships.
- When you are grateful, you’re likelier to engage in random acts of kindness and generosity toward others.
- Expressing gratitude could help improve communication in relationships.
5 Improved Empathy
- Grateful persons tend to be more empathetic and understanding of other’s perspectives and needs.
- Gratitude can inspire altruism and a desire to give back to the community.
6 Improved Productivity:
- Gratitude can improve aspiration and motivate you to achieve your goals by providing a positive outlook on the future.
- Grateful individuals may experience increased creativity and problem-solving.
7 Better Coping Mechanisms:
- Coping with loss: Gratitude can help someone cope with loss and grief by focusing on positive memories and support.
- Dealing with Trauma: It assists in the healing process for individuals who have experienced trauma.
8 Enhanced Mindfulness:
- Practicing gratitude encourages individuals to be more present and mindful, savoring the moment and appreciating the little things in Life.
Overall, practicing gratitude is simple yet profound. And powerful practice that can considerably improve individual well-being. Whether journaling, expressing thanks, or simply adopting a grateful mindset, the benefits of gratitude are accessible to everyone and can positively impact your overall well-being.
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