For most of us life is good and although we may not always appreciate it, every day, there is so much to be grateful for.
But when life throws us a curve ball in the form of a challenging situation it can be easy to forget all the good times and become consumed by the negatives.
Feelings of gratitude can have positive effects on your health and well-being and help you to deal with challenging situations in more positive and healthy ways. Dr Robert Emmons, one of the world’s leading authorities on gratitude, has conducted several pieces of evidence based research on the health benefits of feeling grateful.
I encourage my clients who are feeling worried, stressed or anxious to find ways of recognising things in their lives that they can be thankful for. An amazing by-product of feeling grateful is that you will feel happier – now who doesn’t want that! By having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ you are focusing on the present and what is happening right now.
Five ways to recognise gratitude
1. List 10 things in your life that you are grateful or thankful for.
When you’re feeling low it’s a good idea to look at your list to remind yourself of all the feel-good things and events in your life.
2. List 10 things about your work that you are grateful for.
We spend most of our day at work so it’s a good idea to have some positive feelings about it. Things such as having helpful colleagues, a pleasant environment, a good income, a place to have your morning coffee! Choose whatever makes your working day pleasant. When your day needs a boost you can read this list.
3. List 10 things about your personality and abilities that you are
If you find this difficult, think of all the positive ways your best friend, colleagues or family would describe you.
4. Start using a Gratitude Journal every day.
This will allow you to regularly recognise and appreciate things in your life that you are grateful for.
5. Actions speak louder than words.
Show gratitude by writing a letter of thanks or send a thank-you card to someone who has shown you kindness. Instead of buying a thank you gift, show your gratitude by spending time helping someone who has shown you kindness.
Recognising and appreciating good things in our lives is a skill and like any other skill it takes practice and consistency. Spending just a couple of minutes each day listing the things in your life that you are grateful for can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing.
For some people, starting on their gratitude journey isn’t easy. If this is you, go to my workshop page and register your interest in attending a workshop. These are designed to guide and help you feel good about yourself and your life.
Sharon lives with her partner Geoff in Warwickshire and they have two adult children. She worked for over 25 years in an office environment, gaining qualifications to degree level in finance, business and management. While there she witnessed and experienced many stressful situations and suffered illnesses which were stress related.
Sharon was advised to make some changes to her lifestyle which included trying complementary therapies. After experiencing the benefits of complementary treatments, she decided to retrain and to share her knowledge and experiences to help others recognise and manage their own physical and emotional stress and anxiety levels.
Sharon has been working as a complementary therapist for over 12 years now, and she loves helping people to feel uplifted, focused, positive and empowered about their lives.
Contact Sharon for a FREE 20-minute chat to see how working with her could help you.