What is Gratitude?
Today I want to discuss something a bit off topic from acupuncture and pain management. What exactly is gratitude? The dictionary defines 'gratitude' as a "noun that describes the quality of being thankful; and it's the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."
We just had a holiday last week reminding us to be thankful of everything. Thanksgiving is not just another day or holiday where families and friends gather together to cook and eat good food. For me, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the gratefulness I have in all areas of my life. At times, especially when things or circumstances are tough and super challenging, it's hard to remember what to be grateful for. However, it's this attitude of gratitude or thankfulness that puts me back into the groove of things. It makes me want to not only help myself or my family and friends, it also inspires me to want to help others. This is probably why I obtained two careers in healthcare.
How to Start Feeling Grateful?
I start off my mornings and evenings with either saying a couple of things that I am grateful for or I might write it in my journal. There were many a times when I did not want to wake up because it seemed that life was too tough to handle, so for those kind of days I would just say thank you for being alive and having a new day to start fresh. Start with something small like being thankful for your ability to see or your ability to smell and taste a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning. Deep breathe and then just feel this feeling vibrate in your body.
How Can You Feel Gratitude When Life Throws You A Curveball?
Let's face it; life can be unpredictable and challenging at times. However, when this happens how can you stay positive and grateful when everything seems to be against you? I've been there a few times myself, and each time it was hard to get up, but eventually I did with the help of a friend. Listening to uplifting music, watching happy movies, or going through my kids' baby pictures all helped to remind me of what I had to be grateful for. Journaling also helped, including listening to motivational speakers such as Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, and Wayne Dyer. Believe me, when it happens, it's easier said than done; but once you pull yourself out of the emotional rut, you'll feel so much better.
Remember to Take Time for Selfcare
It's very important to take time for yourself, whether it's to meditate, or going for a jog or going fishing or golfing. It's these little moments with will help keep you grounded. Also eating a balanced meal, getting plenty of restful sleep and relaxing will help make it easier to live a happier, fuller life. I just want to end this post by adding that regular acupuncture treatments can help with this part. Thank you.