“Rejoice always… give thanks in all circumstances…” – I Thessalonians  5:16-17 (NIV)

 

In the past couple of months as the days with less sunshine lingered, I refocused on my main strategy to “make it through” this time of the year with a smile.

One of the major strategies I use to keep my mood uplifted through the darker time of the year is a Gratitude Journal.

 
 
 

Witnessing all that I have to be grateful for on paper helps me when I may have the feelings of nervousness or despair that often result from living with a vestibular disorder.

 

My perspective on life shifts as things that are wonderful move to the forefront of my consciousness.

Energy flows where attention goes. Gratitude helps us focus on what is good in the present.

 
In a scientific study, a group of people were asked to a keep a weekly Gratitude Journal, while another group recorded life’s hassels or neutral life events. The study found that “a weekly benefit listing was associated with more positive and optimistic appraisals of one’s life, more time spent exercising, and fewer reported physical symptoms.”
 
 
In the same study, when people with a neuromuscular disorder were asked to keep a gratitude journal, they found it resulted in “greater levels of positive affect, more sleep, better sleep quality, and greater optimism and a sense of connectedness to others.”

 

 

Even if you are not feeling 100% well, can you be happy for those around you who are healthy and enjoying a state of well-being?

 

 
 
I love this quote by Pema Chödrön: “Rejoicing in the good fortune of others is a practice that can help us when we feel emotionally shut down and unable to connect with others. Rejoicing generates good will.”

 

 

I invite you to find reasons to Rejoice and Be grateful on purpose with me!  

 

 

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