We are so grateful for you! Every single one of you is a bright light in our Yoga Bound cOMmunity. Thank you for all of your love, dedication, and joy that you bring into our little Yoga home. Of course Thanksgiving is a time for bringing to mind what we are thankful for, but it is important to make gratitude a daily habit. There are major scientific studies discovering the benefits of gratitude, but we don't need science to justify that gratitude nourishes us and feels good inside, and that goodness emanates outward. Here are four big reasons why Gratitude is Good:
1. Gratitude allows us to celebrate the present.
It magnifies positive emotions.Gratitude makes us appreciate the value of something, and when we appreciate the value of something, we extract more benefits from it; we're less likely to take it for granted. In effect, gratitude allows us to participate more in life. We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life.
2. Gratitude blocks toxic, negative emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret-emotions that can destroy our happiness. There's even recent evidence, including a 2008 study by psychologist Alex Wood in the Journal of Research in Personality, showing that gratitude can reduce the frequency and duration of episodes of depression.
This makes sense: You cannot feel envious and grateful at the same time. They're incompatible feelings. If you're grateful, you can't resent someone for having something that you don't.
3. Grateful people are more stress resistant. There's a number of studies showing that in the face of serious trauma, adversity, and suffering, if people have a grateful disposition, they'll recover more quickly.
4. Grateful people have a higher sense of self-worth. I think that's because when you're grateful, you have the sense that someone else is looking out for you-someone else has provided for your well-being, or you notice a network of relationships, past and present, of people who are responsible for helping you get to where you are right now.
Once you start to recognize the contributions that other people have made to your life-once you realize that other people have seen the value in you-you can transform the way you see yourself.
Gratitude is a habit. As a way to fully embody this as a lifestyle, make sure that everyday you have a gratitude practice. It can be simple: Wake up every morning with a simple grateful thought: Thank you, I am alive. Create a gratitude journal, writing down everyday at least 3 things that you are grateful for. Something that I love to do with my husband, which you can do with anyone you speak to on a regular basis, is share everyday before the days end the 3 best things that happened to you that day. It helps to reflect on the positive parts of the day, acknowledge the good in life and having a feeling of goodness about the day.
May you be grateful, healthy, happy and loving this holiday season.