“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
As we are witnessing the change of season and can now really feel Autumn is here, I am ready to slow down a bit and create some time to relax , curl up on the sofa by the fireplace with a blanket, a cup of tea and a good book. This is a time when we tend to gather as a family around a board game, a craft project or at times, a movie. I am beyond thankful for my husband and my two children as they are what makes my life so rich and full. They are always there to support me on any crazy endeavor I decide to jump into.
I am sure with Thanksgiving celebration here in the United States, we are more attuned to what we are grateful for. But what happens during the rest of the year? I was introduced to a daily thankful practice a few years ago with this work of mine in doTERRA. You see, this business is really more about self-development than merely using, educating and sharing oils. This is true on our (Wellness advocates) part and on our customers and partners too. To me at least, it is about evolving and growing together into our full potential. When this does happen, we vibrate at a higher level and hopefully, we tend to stay healthier and happier.
There are many ways to practice thankfulness. You can find a lot of articles or posts online that talk about it so there is no point for me to repeat the ‘’10 ways to’’ you can find someplace else. In my humble opinion, practicing gratefulness starts with adding some mindfulness into our lives. When we are in the present moment it is easier to be in awe with what is. The sunrise, the smell of the grass after the rain, your other half preparing your lunch because you woke up late. All these easy to miss and sometimes mundane things are the ones that make life very special. They are here and present whether we notice them or not. I am sure we all have more things to be grateful for daily then we realize. It is just about being present and noticing them.
The good thing about being grateful is that the more we practice it, the less we focus on our little problems and the happier we are. I found, from this website this list of benefits quite interesting. It is said that people who practice gratitude consistently report this host of benefits:
- Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
- Higher levels of positive emotions;
- More joy, optimism, and happiness;
- Acting with more generosity and compassion;
- Feeling less lonely and isolated.
Some people like to fill pages of a gratitude journal. Some others like to state what they are grateful for out loud or in their heads. I am sure you have or will find your own way too. Lately I found it helpful to do it first thing in the morning and then go back to my day as I lay in bed on the weekend or as I close my work day and go over my agenda. It is so easy to see what we did not have time to do, what got in the way: kids’ sickness, interruptions, no more ink in the printer, red light when we are late…
When we realize we get another day healthy, with a roof over our heads, having people we love and care for in our lives, warmth, light, air to breathe, clean water to drink, a smile when we need it, how can we not be thankful for it all?
If you made it until this last sentence, you will know I am grateful for all of you (whether you are reading this post or not) for being part of my life. Every encounter, every discussion, words of inspiration, like on FB makes my day brighter. What makes me even happier is to know I can have a positive impact, even if a small one, in your life. I truly hope the way I serve is adding to your thankful list as well. If there is any more or better way I can serve you, please let me know!