My 60 Day Summer Gratitude Challenge
What is Gratitude: /ˈɡratɪtjuːd/
The Harvard Medical School defines gratitude as:
"a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives ... As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals-whether to other people, nature, or a higher power"
We've been hearing a lot about gratitude in the past couple of years but we don't go beyond the definition. Gratitude is a daily practice, it's a lifestyle choice and an abundance magnet.
The social element of gratitude is important to create harmonious relationships and a well-balanced life
Robert A. Emmons, Ph. D., a Professor of Psychology at UC Davis and one of the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, states that gratitude has two key elements: "First, it's an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we've received."
In the second part of gratitude, he explains, "we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves...We acknowledge that other people...gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives."
Why practise Gratitude
Gratitude is a selfless act and can influence catharsis processes and reciprocity; it is both a trait and a state.
Gratitude has been the topic of scientific studies for a while now and no longer considered a woo woo topic. The effects of practising gratitude long term are various. Here are a couple of benefits of practising gratitude on a daily basis:
- Improves your general physical health
- Improves psychological health
- Reduces anxiety, aggression and enhances empathy
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence
- Reduces stress and helps overcoming traumas
- Improves relationships
I choose gratitude daily over self-doubt and self-worth every day and I have seen such a big difference in the way I talk, the way I relate to people. I am so much calmer around my sons and prioritise my to do list differently to spend more time with them, to learn to be thankful.
Are you ready to make a marked difference in your life?
Are you ready for a change ...
How to practise gratitude
To help you on your gratitude journey here are some ways of how to give THANKS in your daily life. You don't have to spend money or go out of your way. It really means carving some self-care time and do one of the following
- Keep a journal
- A gratitude jar
- A gratitude flower
- Spend time with loved ones
- Practice mindfulness
- Find gratitude in your challenges
- Gratitude Letters to your past, present and future.
If you want to know, I'm holding a 60 day Summer Gratitude Challenge starting July 2, 2019. I will be posting daily the things I'm most grateful for.
At the end of the challenge I will be holding a get together here in Zurich for my #gratitribe to exchange ideas, learn new tips and techniques and be grateful for the time we have together.
Interested? Want to know more? Want to join my #gratitribe? Send me an email and let's connect.