Good morning, and welcome to Happy Healthy Worthy WealthyRefirement!
A very merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it!
Merry Christmas to you too 💜
Today, I thought we would talk about gratitude and what an incredibly powerful tool it is
Thank you Warren!!!
It’s a very different celebration this year with Covid. For me, I normally would fly up to see my kids and grandkids for Christmas. Or fly south to somewhere hot and sunny LOL!
What is it you would normally do?
I thought it would be a wonderful thing to reflect on what we have to be grateful for from this past year, for this present day, and for the future!
This past year with Covid, I know we all know the challenges it’s brought! But when we focus on the goodness it is also brought, it helps open our hearts ♥️
We often don’t think of the many blessings it has brought.
What comes to mind for me, is the less air pollution, how much nature has appreciated this pause!
I’ve noticed here in Victoria BC, we did not have cruise ships this year. So the pollution that usually comes and settles on my deck didn’t this year
The noise pollution from the planes overhead didn’t happen
And the traffic noise reduced significantly due to less traffic!
My garden grew much larger than usual!
I’d love to hear what you are grateful for during this great pause?
Gratitude is a great elixir for transforming things into a more beautiful state.
There are many studies that have been done on gratitude. It increases our physical health, our mental health, our spiritual health, our emotional health and our financial health!
Robert almond’s is a researcher who is written books on gratitude.
Edmond, Darn auto correct! LOL
People love people who are grateful too, in that when they see someone expressing gratitude they feel it as well. People like to be around people who are grateful, so it increases our sociability!
When we’re not feeling that grateful for anything, when we’re feeling down or highly stressed, it is hard to feel grateful.
So there are a couple of things that we can do to increase that gratitude muscle. Emmons research found that gratitude is a skill that can be developed, it’s not something that we are born with.
So if we’re in a highly stressed state, sometimes it’s really about evaluating what were three good things that happened during the day.
Giving each of the things a title and writing about it in detail at the end of the day
So for example, Robert made me coffee this morning. I would give it that title- Robert made me coffee this morning. Then I would write about why it was a good thing.
Well I would say Robert made me coffee this morning. That was a good thing, because to me it shows me the love he has for me. The coffee he makes for me taste so much better than when I make coffee for myself, and I’m sure it’s because of the love he puts into it. His coffee is the best tasting coffee in the world to me
Then I would write about two other things that were good.
Another gratitude practice is to write down what you are grateful for each day, five things minimum. And why you’re grateful for them adds to it. So for example, I am grateful that I live in a place with clean drinking water, because I don’t have to worry about finding water that is drinkable. I am grateful that I can walk, that I can breathe freely, That I can smell, that I can see that I can touch, that I can feel.
And having a gratitude rampage. Just looking around and seeing what you’re grateful for in your own place. So I am grateful for the roof over my head and the builders who built my house. I am grateful for the electric heat and the people who created the dams and the electricity to bring it here into my home. I am grateful for the food in my fridge, and the farmers who grew that food, and the truckers who brought it here, and the workers in the store that sell it to me. And the stove that I can cook it on
Try it out! What are you grateful for?
I am grateful for Wisdo, and the opportunity to connect with you on Christmas Day!🎄🤶
So we’ve talked about gratitude for this past year, and we’re talking about gratitude in this present moment now.
And part of gratitude is having faith that all will unfold beautifully in the future, and being grateful for that
Faith is another muscle that we can develop. So if you’re feeling a little worried about the future or concerned, then have a little faith that your dreams will come true!
And take a step in that direction
Is anybody here?
All righty then, as nobody is here, I wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you have a blessed day. I am grateful for you!!! With love, Norma
I hope to see you next week! Practice enhancing your gratitude muscle, and see how that works for you!