Gratitude for Life with Nature Connections Health Coaching Session November, 2016
Gratitude at Thanksgiving
It’s November and Thanksgiving is upcoming. At this time, we share gratitude and appreciations with family, friends, and others. Feeling thankful can make us happy in short and long run. Some people rarely feel thankful at all, no matter what, or think gratitude as an obligation they owe in return for favors; in fact, gratitude is inner happiness. Gratitude is defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” It is important to understand that personal growth is not isolated but inter-related with supports from others. Therefore, gratitude practice is essential for happy people, who build sincere friendships, trustworthy social networks, and better quality of life. They enjoy life’s pleasures, connect with nature and express gratitude openly.
Practice gratitude benefits us in many ways. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Whether or not these attitudes come to you naturally, paying attention to life's positives can train you to see and appreciate more and more of them, which will help you learn to be more grateful. Gratitude may be difficult, because life is difficult. Even beyond stress and depression, there are many ordinary circumstances in which gratitude doesn’t come easily. We can turn our negative feelings around by focusing on the good things in life and practice gratitude consciously. At the end of each day, ask yourself how your day was and think (or better to write down on your gratitude journal) at least three things to thank for.
Act now to plan for your Thanksgiving dinner and make a guest list for invitations. If you are invited, think ahead for what to do to appreciate the kindness of your host, even it is a family dinner (don’t take it for granted). Keep up your gratitude and express it at Thanksgiving. Smiles milt anger and thanks bring warmth. Gratitude will bring the family and friend circle closer, build trust, and bring you the sense of life satisfaction and happiness.
Be honest: When was the last time you were grateful for your family? Or friendships? Or free smiles from anyone? More seriously, think of the small, ordinary which seems useless things you experience — the fresh air, the food, the peaceful day, etc. Give thanks with a smile. Say thanks to someone every day.
Ordinary life is worth of your heartily thankfulness. Something in nature may be small and unnoticeable in the busy life; up on one day you made the nature connection to appreciate it. Here is my story to share – please click to read my Mourning Dove Story. I truly enjoy wildlife in nature and the nest observation experience, hope you do too.