Developing a Daily ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ is Good for Your Health.
While we often think to express gratitude at Thanksgiving, cultivating a daily sense of gratitude can improve your health and happiness. Research has shown that a sense of gratitude can improve your: self-esteem, sleep, relationships, empathy, physical and psychological health, resiliency and overall satisfaction with life.
My Role Model for Gratitude – I credit my grandmother with my deep sense of gratitude. A woman of great strength but few material possession, she expressed gratitude in prayer and practice daily. In the almost 24 years I had to privilege to know her, I never heard her express one negative thought or unkind word. Who is your role model for gratitude?
What are you grateful for today? Keeping a daily gratitude journal can help you focus on the positives in your life. Simply write one or two things. Contact me if you’re not sure where to begin. One suggestion I put in almost all of my hypnosis sessions is – “Each time I see the color of the sky, I relax … and feel happy.” Gratitude can be as simple as that.
Today I am especially grateful for my husband, family, friends and neighbors and their good health. I am grateful for work that I love so much it doesn’t feel like ‘work.’ I am grateful to live on Cape Ann, deeply aware of and grateful for the beauty of nature that we are gifted with every day.
Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Karen Pischke BSN, RN
Recommended Reading: Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation and risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that improve health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook
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