Tis the season to celebrate gratitude! Many cultures around the world celebrate being thankful during autumn – it’s the traditional time to give thanks for the crops being harvested and to prepare for winter.
Researchers, mental health clinicians and psychologists researching gratitude have found that people who practice gratitude consistently report benefits like:
Feeling grateful is only part of the equation – actively practicing gratitude plays a large role. After collecting thousands of personal stories about joy and happiness, sociology researcher and author Brené Brown found that people who actively practiced gratitude attributed their joyfulness to the practice. Both joy and gratitude were described as spiritual practices that were bound to belief in human connectedness. While happiness is often circumstantial, joy can permeate every aspect of your life. The individuals who reported practicing gratitude did so by keeping gratitude journals, practicing gratitude meditation and prayers, creating gratitude art and writing gratitude lists or letters.
It is important to remember no thing is too insignificant to acknowledge and feel grateful for. A conscious focus on gratitude may help to remind you of even the smallest moment which made your day that much more joyful, wondrous or even just slightly less stressful. It can also remind us of those things we are subconsciously grateful for but often take for granted – like family, friends or having food on the table every day. It turns your attention to what you do have instead of what you do not, and places emphasis on the abundance of life rather than the feeling of being without.
This season we have many things that we are grateful for here at the studio – including our fantastic staff and wonderful customers. Consider - what are you grateful for? Are you more prone to practice gratitude after learning of the benefits?