Express Your Gratitude

Express Your Gratitude

Throughout this pandemic, I have discovered a new appreciation for so many things we took for granted before. Things like our family and health.  Kids are home from school and I appreciate teachers now more than ever.  I appreciate everyone on the front lines.  I appreciate that my mail is still delivered without disruption ever.  I am thankful that I live in a community of servant leaders who reach out to those in need and that I have the ability to watch church online. 

 Before when gathered with friends, we said goodbye or “I’ll see you next month.” After a recent trip, I tearfully drove away simply appreciating my time, not knowing when the “next” will be. I left feeling joyful and grateful for everything including just having a hot cup of tea in the morning. 

Express Your Gratitude to Improve Your Health

One of the best ways to improve your health and handle your emotions is by expressing your gratitude

Yes, really!

Ask yourself: 
~ What are you thankful for?
~ Who matters in your life?
~ Even when life may not be going as planned, there are still many things ~ to be grateful for.

 Give Your Gratitude Away

No matter how much you appreciate someone in your life, that person may not have any idea about how you feel. Rather than just assume they know your thoughts and feelings, go ahead and speak up. Tell them how you really feel and what’s in your heart. 

See the smile? It feels good, doesn’t it? When you smile back, laugh, and even share tears of joy and love, it helps your heart, mind, and body thrive. It releases a flood of chemicals that your body just loves. It’s a “feel-good” thing to do. That’s true for both you and the receiver of your gratitude.

Maybe you’re grateful for something you have, as opposed to a person. Did you ever think about sending a thankful message to the company that makes the products you love? They probably hear all about customer complaints, but how much gratitude do they get for the work they’ve done to make lives better or more convenient? Give them some of your gratitude and you’ll spread joy all around!

 Ways to Show Your Gratitude

Showing gratitude is something you can do quite easily and all it costs you is a little bit of time and effort.

 Here are some ideas to get you started:

  •  Tell your loved ones you care for them.
  • Hug a friend who’s hurting or write them a letter.
  • Smile at a stranger.
  • Write to a company whose product or service you really love.
  • Make time to listen to someone who needs to talk.
  • Spend some time out in nature, appreciating the beauty of creation.
  • Thank someone from your past or present who made a difference in your life

 You can also show your gratitude just for being alive by treating others well and being kind to yourself. Relaxing and taking time to unwind from the stress of everyday life is very important, and you’ll be happier and healthier because of it.

 Focus on What Really Matters

Many people are unhappy with their circumstances, and it’s often because they feel they don’t have enough money, a big house, or the ultimate car. These things are nice, but in the grand scheme of things, they don’t really matter. After all, when you’re on your deathbed, will you wish you had that red Ferrari? Or will you wish that you had more time with your loved ones?

 Connect with what really matters by being grateful for all you’ve been given.

There will be obstacles and stumbling blocks in life, but there is joy all around you as well. When you tap into that joy, keep a positive attitude, and show how grateful you are, you’ll prove that you’re able to let go of unnecessary baggage. It’s a great feeling and one that you can give yourself, today, right now. What a wonderful thing to be grateful for

"I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness -- it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude."

Brené Brown

Who wouldn’t want to feel happier, be less afraid, and improve the quality of their life? According to the inimitable Brene’ Brown PhD, people who have the capacity to lean fully into joy have one variable in common: 

They practice gratitude.

"When asked what is the most terrifying difficult emotion we experience as humans, I would say joy. Why? Because When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding"

Brené Brown

Joy is an emotion we all seek, but, Dr. Brené Brown and Oprah Winfrey agree that it’s inextricable from gratitude. Find out why we’re so afraid our joy will be taken away, and how developing our tolerance for vulnerability is key to being both grateful and happy. (March 2013)

Peace and Blessings,
Dawn