It’s day 49 and we’re one day away from the completion of the 50 Day Change Challenge but many days closer to forming our new habits and behaviours. By now if you’ve followed the challenge, you would have formed quite a few. Today I want to look at thankfulness.
There are quite a few studies that show that people who practice thankfulness lead healthier lives. I can attest that being thankful has definitely allowed me to see life a whole lot differently. Seeing life from the viewpoint of thankfulness helped to alleviate stress and anxiety, which in turn benefits our health. But i’ve also found that it’s not only important to be thankful but equally important to be thankful for where you are in life right now!
We’ve all experienced situations, challenges and losses that have made us feel miserable, angry or disheartened and these are natural emotions and responses to trauma pain and loss. This passing year has definitely come with it’s disappointments. But in the midst of them all, the thing that helps us reframe them is our level of thankfulness.
Thankfulness alleviates stress because when you are thankful you spend much more time thinking about what you have opposed to what you don’t have. It’s an antidote to depression and worry because it creates a heart of contentment. Thankfulness is infectious because when you’re thankful, others around you immediately want to follow suit. Even the naysayers will feel uncomfortable around your positive environment.
So my challenge today is an exercise in thankfulness. Take a look back on your 2013 and list all of the things you have to be thankful for. I’ll warn you, make sure you have some time because I’m positive so many things are going to come back to memory. Things that you had long forgotten.
Why don’t you make 2014 a healthier and happier year? Be thankful!
Drop me a few lines and let me know what’s on your 2013 thankful list. I’d love to hear them.
See you tomorrow.