As we enter the holiday season remember that gratitude is a powerful tool to multiply the greatness in your life. It will shift you to higher frequencies and you will attract better things into your world. Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.
A few reasons why gratitude works.
1. It retrains the brain to focus on the good. When you practice it regularly you will see more, enjoy more and appreciate more. Gratitude lights up the brain’s reward pathway. Thinking about other people doing nice things floods the brain with positive chemicals and sparks brain activity critical to sleep, orgasms, mood regulation, and your metabolism.
2. It improves physical health, strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains.
3. It leads to greater connection and more satisfaction with yourself and others.
4. It increases empathy and compassion. The more grateful we feel the more likely we are to show and share in compassion helps to calm anxiety.
5. It lessons anxiety and depression. Challenging negative thought patterns helps to calm and boost the mood of the state of depression.
6. Gratitude shifts the heart rhythm. It increases the coherence of body functions, which facilitates cognitive functions. This creates emotional stability and calm.
7. Increases heart rate variability. Heart patients who share in gratitude show better signs of mood, sleep, less fatigue, lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to cardiac health.
8. Increases resilience. Gratitude helps you bounce back from stressful events. Helps you deal with adversity by acting as a buffer against internalizing symptoms.
Waking up grateful and finding ways to be grateful throughout the day make a difference in what you are aware of and pay attention to. A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. When you put other people in control of your happiness it will require you at one point or another to circle forward in gratitude. Remember the little things are what count, one day you may find yourself looking back and realizing that the little things were the big things.
Empathy vs. Sympathy
Sympathy involves understanding from your own perspective or point of view. Empathy involves putting yourself in another person’s shoes and understanding why they may have these particular behaviors and do the things they do. In order to practice healthy communication, it begins with a calm grateful place of pure and immense gratitude. See other people including yourself as a whole and complete. We all want to be seen, heard, and appreciated. Show each of these characteristics to yourself and then you are equipped to share with the world. Love more and worry less.
With Love and Gratitude on your journey,