why gratitude matters

Do you sometimes feel like if only certain parts of your life came together—then your life would be so much better?

Years ago I used to focus on what was missing from my life. I paid more attention to the thorns than on the beauty and fragrance of the rose. It seemed that others were blessed or lucky and that for me something was always missing.

As I began my journey as a psychologist, the world of Positive Psychology was simultaneously emerging. I began to learn why gratitude mattered.

What we know today is that gratitude is one of the keys to mental, physical and relational well-being. It fortifies us during times of adversity and emotional turmoil and leads to greater resilience and happiness. Gratitude decreases the experience of stress, anxiety, depression and pain. It allows us to feel more connected and present in our relationships. Gratitude also helps us to see the big picture rather than limiting ourselves to our immediate experience of reality.

The truth is that we all have so much to be grateful for on a daily basis—and that too often we let the sweet moments of our lives slip away.

Pausing during the day and taking in the moments that are good and that light you up is one simple way to begin cultivating gratitude.
A shift in consciousness takes practice and commitment. That said, the rewards fore cultivating gratitude will enhance your life and that of everyone else in your world.

What are you grateful for? How might you deepen your capacity for appreciating all of the gifts in your life?

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.
With love,
Randy
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