Gratitude Is The Best Attitude
Updated: Sep 12
The last two weeks in class I have touched on gratitude. The power of gratitude, why have gratitude? along with finding gratitude.
'If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'Thank you' that would suffice.' Meister Eckhart
According to INFOGRAPHIC and many scientists, the odds of you/me being alive is incredibly small.
Dr Ali Binazir explains the possibilities like this -
"Imagine there was one life preserver thrown somewhere in some ocean, and there is exactly one turtle in all of these oceans, swimming underwater somewhere. The probability that you came about and exist today is the same as that turtle sticking its head out of the water — in the middle of that life preserver. On one try."
When you think about our existence like Dr Ali Binazir explains we have a whole lot to feel grateful for, being here is a miracle.
Gratitude has much more meaning than just saying a 'Thank you' to someone who helped or shared something with us. Gratitude is not just an action but it is a positive emotion. The 'Positive Psychology Program' suggest it to be much more than a feeling but more of a deep appreciation for someone or something, which then produces long lasting positivity within oneself mentally and physically.
I found this beautiful quote explaining why we should have gratitude and it sums it up quite simply.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar
The perfect time to find gratitude is in a morning. It sets the tone for your day ahead. This starts your day with a grateful heart. Writing a gratitude journal for even just five minutes a day can increase your happiness and long-term wellbeing by more than 10%.
‘Happierhuman’ says there are many ways gratitude can change your life that you may not have been aware of, here are ten benefits on how gratitude can change your life that I would like to share with you.
1. Makes us feel better
2. Gratitude makes us healthier
3. Gratitude can help self-esteem
4. Gratitude can help us live longer
5. Gratitude helps us sleep better
6. Gratitude makes us happier
7. Gratitude forms deeper friendships
8. Gratitude makes us more likely to exercises
9. Feeling gratitude keeps the doctor away
10. Gratitude reduces materialism
Kathline Colvin, Ph.D stated that there are three stages to Gratitude. The first stage is recognition when there is a feeling of being grateful for the good things in our life. The second stage is the acknowledgement stage where we start expressing gratitude for the people/things that have made our life better. The third stage is appreciation where we then create new behaviour patterns because of those who have helped us.
In Yoga class, you may feel gratitude for your body, the way it can move right now. Your organs within functioning to keep everything in balance as best it can. The breath, the way you breathe without needing to think about it, but how you have the power to control it. The incredible mind and how it allows you to do so many wonderful talented things. We have so much to be grateful for, and some of the ideas we explored in class are just touching the surface. I hope this blog inspires you to think about all the beautiful things you can feel gratitude for in your life, people, animals, plants, nature, food and the true miricle of yourself!
Namaste lovely human earthlings x
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