The Healing Power of Gratitude

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

We have all heard at some point that we should focus on the good in our life and not the bad. We’ve been told how helpful it would be if we cultivated a gratitude practice and learned to appreciate the blessings we have in life. But have you ever wondered just how much a gratitude practice can affect your life? If you’re the type of person who needs scientific evidence that having an attitude of gratitude can benefit your life, researchers have good news for you. They’ve found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional well-being and physical health than those who don’t.

Gratitude has the ability to heal us. If we make a decision to face our days with gratitude, we are better able to cope with stress, more likely to feel optimistic about the future, we exercise more and get sick less, are more likely to achieve our personal goals, have more energy, enjoy closer personal relationships, forgive more easily, and we are more likely to help others. These are just a few of the benefits of learning to have a grateful outlook on life. Gratitude heals, energizes, and transforms lives.

If you don’t have a gratitude practice, now is the time to start one. You don’t have to wait until you’re in the right place emotionally or until something particularly wonderful happens to you. Right now at this very moment, even if you’re having a no-good, terrible day, I bet you can find one thing for which you can be grateful. Start there. Each day is a new opportunity to find something for which we can be grateful. You owe it to yourself and your overall health and well-being to cultivate a gratitude practice.

7 thoughts on “The Healing Power of Gratitude”

  1. Gratitude and Blessings.! What a wonderful Life and World in which we have been given these two amazingly great gifts to have and to share with all we love and which we have been blessed with in our lives.. Thank you, Louie, again for opening my eyes and heart daily, and for helping me realizie everyday these gifts you have made me/us aware of. We become so busy with our daily lives that we truly forget what the most important GIFTS are that we have been give,.” LIFE AND GRATITUDE.” The best part is that they are free, and an innate part of us all. Happy Birthday, Louie,too.I didn’t realize until after I posted the other day that it was your birthday. It truly is a blessing and a gift to be able to wake up everyday and be able to work at something you truly love. Most of us are not given that opportunity in life. I am happy for you and your wonderful Blessings that you have been given. And as I have said so many times to you before, that you so selflessley share this incredible Wisdom with the world and teach us something wonderful through your gift of visualization of the world around us. I can never thank you enough.

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