Hi folks, The play reading was great! It was good to hear someone else read my work for a change. The movies are coming along and I'm looking for work again. ReRead last weeks post on job hunting if you are too. I lost weight! (yay!) so I had to get new pants. They are smaller but I still had to go to the big mens shop insted of getting them off the rack. Heavy sigh. See you next time.
The practice of gratitude as a
tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies
support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative
attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak
performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster
rate of recovery from surgery.
But while we may acknowledge
gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us
are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for
gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become
more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at
things, a new habit. And that can take some time.
That’s why practicing
gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have,
instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see
all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.
Remember that gratitude isn’t a
blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or
ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and
injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain
a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.
There are many things to be
grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and
really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to
read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list?
Some Ways to Practice Gratitude
Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are
thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be
better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can
see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your
Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may
be amazed by how much better you feel.
Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about
it, express thanks for gratitude.
As you practice, an inner shift
begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful
you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.
trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker,
you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life
can feel like a three-ring circus. Take this quiz to see how well you are
meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs
1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of
myself physically and emotionally.
2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.
3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative
5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating
or simply letting my thoughts drift.
6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding,
bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping,
swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time
7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s
cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative
8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with
family and friends.
9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give
my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.
10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of
balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.
11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my
immune system with over activity, so I stop and take care of myself.
12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.
13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as
a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.
14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside
when someone makes a request of me.
15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.
16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.
answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the
questions to which you answered false and see if you can incorporate something
of its message into your life. Please don’t hesitate to call if you’d like to
explore this issue further.