This is in the US the time of Thanksgiving and a great time to talk once more about the power of gratitude. Marie Forleo in her latest TV Tuesday talked about Robert Emmons and his book called “Gratitude Works!”.
In it, he writes, among other things, that gratitude works better the more meaningful it is to us personally. For instance, most of us can be grateful that the sun rises and sets every day, that we are alive, that we can connect with something in our surroundings if we reach out. These things are there for all of us to be grateful for.
But what happens if we focus on one thing that is meaningful to us, and think of what brings meaning in our lives from that one thing. For instance, I am grateful for my health. My health has been challenged lately, so I wake every day grateful that I have what I have – a partner who I love and laugh with; a warm and healthy home where I live and work; that even with health challenges, I can enjoy the good things in life – good food, good company, a good book; my intellect and the means I have to feed that intellect; that I continue to be motivated to learn and grow. These are things in my life right now that I am truly grateful for.
What is of value to your life right now and how does it fill you with gratitude?
Maryanne Nicholls is a Toronto based, certified Psychotherapist offering a balanced approach to mental health. Please visit http://www.thejoyofliving.co for information on her services, or contact her directly to find out how she can help you reclaim the joy of living.