Be Thankful for the Good Things
The Greek philosopher Plato once said: “ A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” By being thankful for the good things you have, you’ll automatically attract more good things into your life.
Gratitude isn’t just a warm feeling – it’s considered the parent of all the spiritual virtues in Judeo-Christian tradition. Both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are filled with verses encouraging the faithful to have grateful hearts, and express gratitude for their many blessings.
It’s also a key component of Native American spirituality. When the Wampanoag Indians at the First Thanksgiving presented the pilgrims with cornucopias of vegetables, they were illustrating the Law of Gratitude. They believed when people on earth thanked the Great Spirit for their blessings, even before those blessings materialized, they were creating the sacred space for those blessings to come to them. The pointed tip of the woven cornucopia represented the place where the Great Spirit dwelled. By expressing their gratitude to their Creator, the Indians felt they created an energetic cone that extended from the Great Spirit down to them on Earth, and showered them with abundance, as evidenced by the “horn of plenty” brimming with food.
Gratitude does more than nurture the spirit – it has mental, emotional, and even physical benefits.
Scientific studies have shown that grateful people are happier and more satisfied in both their personal and professional lives, have more positive relationships, and are quicker to forgive. They’re less stressed, jealous, depressed, and anxious, and more likely to “not sweat the little things.”
Those who choose to feel and express gratitude in general experience greater psychological well-being over those who focus on the negative. This gives grateful people better ways of coping with challenges, and more ability to learn and grow from these experiences. They tend to have more self-respect and a greater sense of purpose in their lives, which fosters a more positive attitude.
The body also benefits from a conscious attitude of gratitude. Those who are more optimistic and grateful experience fewer sleep disorders, better immune function and even a healthier heart rate – all measurable side benefits of thankfulness.
If you want to turn your life into a happier, healthier, more loving adventure, try this trick. Every night before bed, A quick, daily exercise guaranteed to help you turn your life into a happier, healthier, more loving adventure is to think of the three most wonderful things that happened to you that day.
When you lock in even a few minutes each night to review the best moments of your day, you automatically begin to cultivate a constant “attitude of gratitude.” Instead of waking up thinking, “What can go wrong today?” you’re already focusing on what’s going to go right. It’s the positive things you’re consciously choosing to dwell on and remember – in fact, you’ll be actively looking for them for the next 12+ hours. Sure, other more challenging things will happen in the day, but those won’t be the moments you’ll keep churning around in your mind. Instead, you’ll be anticipating, and then experiencing, a steady flow of things to feel grateful about – day after happy day.
Prove it to yourself, and tonight, review the three things for which you felt the most gratitude today. You’ll probably immediately experience a deeper, more restful sleep tonight, and eagerly start your day tomorrow on the lookout for still more positive things to reflect on tomorrow night.
It’s just another way to confirm that when your body, mind, and spirit are aligned, you can achieve good health. If you are looking for a holistic healing program, visit Optimum Health Institute in San Diego or Austin, TX. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals for optimal health. Call OHI at (800) 588-0809 or visit www.OptimumHealth.org today for more information.