Tuesday at this time means Dr. Retirement! Today's topic is gratitude. For what are you grateful?
I'll get the ball rolling. I'm grateful for my family for making my 65th birthday a special one in many ways. Never expected to live this long, so there's gratitude there, too!
From a posting at Forbes.com titled "7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round", they list: Gratitude opens the door to more relationships Gratitude improves physical health Gratitude improves psychological health Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression Grateful people sleep better Gratitude improves self-esteem, and Gratitude increases mental strength There's a paragraph on each of the above seven items at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round/?sh=78e8fd15183c
An internet search will lead you to a lot of good posts about gratitude. Another one I like is from Positive Psychology, which shares: "What are the Benefits of Gratitude? The Greater Good Science Center offers a plethora of information on this subject. In a white paper titled, “The Science of Gratitude” (2018), they outline several benefits to gratitude practice. For the individual: increased happiness and positive mood more satisfaction with life less materialistic less likely to experience burnout better physical health better sleep less fatigue lower levels of cellular inflammation greater resiliency encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom" Some the same...some new... But you can see there are many benefits! More at: https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-gratitude/
And a post at Country Living's website titled "46 Gratitude Quotes to Bring Joy to Every Day Life" includes these little snippets, which I will list in separate replies every few minutes until the end of the live session. First, from Tecumseh: “When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.”
“Got no checkbooks, got no banks, still I’d like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.” Irving Berlin
“For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” Charlotte Brontë
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne
“Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.” Rumi
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” John F. Kennedy
“I lie in bed at night, after ending my prayers with the words 'Ich danke dir für all das Gute und Liebe und Schöne.' (Thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful.)” Anne Frank
“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” William Shakespeare
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens See the entire list at: https://www.countryliving.com/life/g28564406/gratitude-quotes/
That’s it for today! If what I’ve shared in today’s (or any prior) session has piqued your interest or struck a nerve, feel free to schedule 1-on-1 time with me at https://calendly.com/dr_retirement There’s a free, no obligation Get Acquainted session to start the process. Until then, stay safe, mask up, distance yourself, and be well!