Grateful to YOU!
It is socially popular this time of year to publicly share your gratitude, post daily lists of things for which you are grateful and express gratitude for your bounty before the Thanksgiving meal.
I am grateful for…
- an abundance of love I experience in my life
- the support that family and friends provide
- the freedoms and safety I take for granted living in this country
- the ability to create
- my health
“Psychologists have scientifically proven that one of the greatest contributing factors to overall happiness in your life is how much gratitude you show.”
Expressing our gratitude publicly, privately or in a journal causes an increase in personal happiness. The experience of happiness in our lives provides more opportunity for gratitude, which in turn creates more happiness. I think you get the point, round and round we go on the Law of Attraction ferris wheel.
In The Science of Happiness video “An Experiment in Gratitude” happiness was measured before and after writing a letter of gratitude for an influential person in life followed by calling and reading the letter to the influential person. The results suggested that everyone was happier after having written and read a letter of gratitude.
“Relationships create psychological space and safety so that we can explore and learn. When we feel safe and supported, we don’t have to narrow in on survival tasks like responding to danger or finding our next meal. We are able to explore our world.” http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/topic/connecting/connection-happiness
- Belonging to a group or community gives us a sense of identity.
- Researchers have found that people are happier when they are with other people than when they are alone
- Happiness may be surprisingly contagious.
- The positive effects from connecting with others are lasting.
Traditionally Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with family and friends. May we all take the opportunity this Thanksgiving to “experiment with gratitude” specifically share your gratitude of family and friends that bless our lives with so much happiness.
“Our relationships with others are the greatest determinant of our happiness. So it makes sense to think of other people as we build our gratitude. Robert Emmons suggests that focusing our gratitude on people for whom we’re thankful rather than circumstances or material items will enhance the benefits we experience.” http://www.happify.com/hd/the-science-behind-gratitude/
I am grateful for…
- my first connection, my unconditionally loving parents. Having been an influence in my life since my beginning they are the most influential people in my life. They provided a solid foundation for me to grow, create and explore the world. I illustrate in the article “In Need of Refuge” how my parents gave shape to my humanity and were the first influence as to the creation of Connect52.
- my amazing network of family
- supportive and encouraging friends
- the people who miraculously show up in my life
- friends who are more like family than friends
- the people I have loved and those who continue to love me
I am grateful, I am blessed and I am happy!