FCTB024: The Value of Practicing Gratitude & Tools to Support You

It has been said that “It’s not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy”. I also found these definitions of gratitude and I wanted to share these with everyone.

Gratitude is our ability to see the grace of God, morning by morning, no matter what else greets us in the course of the day. – M. Craig Barnes

Gratitude a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small. – Jack Kornfield

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives.

Gratitude is one of those things that we forget about. Buried and suppressed underneath the routine, tasks, and challenges that come with daily life. Today I will be talking about why is it important to practice gratitude and how doing so can influence and affect us holistically.

To be able to discuss this lesson in mindfulness effectively, I shared:

  • A story of how the lack of gratitude, the presence of negative energy and focusing on burdens and complaints can manifest in different aspects of our life and opportunities (3:05).
  • How my dog Ivy is a great example of how the ebb and flow of feelings of burden and gratitude occur (5:45).
  • Scientific researches conducted illustrating how practicing gratitude affects individuals’ outlook, behavior, and most remarkably health – supporting longevity, diminishing stress, and decreasing risk of complications in the cardiovascular and nervous system (9:10).
  • What is the Losada Ratio a.k.a. Nagging Ratio, and how it is correlated with the success of a marriage or relationship (4:00).
  • How gratitude plays a role in achieving a healthier social life, enhancing energy levels and spirituality, creating better career opportunities, improving finances, and curbing materialism (15:19).
  • The things I am thankful for, my habits to be reminded of these (16:52), and other practices to remain thankful, express and nurture gratitude (21:24).

It is true that we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone. We all sometimes feel burdened by a lot of things that are actually blessings. It is a matter of changing our outlook and appreciating what we have to realize this. I hope this episode will help you remain mindful and practice gratitude – especially the meditation portion!

Relevant Links:
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz | Amazon
The Psychology of Gratitude by Dr. Michael McCullough and Dr. Robert Emmons
Counting Blessings Versus Burdens | by Dr. Michael McCullough and Dr. Robert Emmons
The Ideal Praise-to-Criticism Ratio
The Power of Positivity, In Moderation: The Losada Ratio

Is this an area you are struggling with and would like my help on? Or do you know someone who’ll benefit with this episode? Email me at charlene@fromcaterpillarstobutterflies.com or comment below so we can catch-up and see how we can work together.

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What’s in Your Glass?

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This is the age old question. Do you see the glass half-empty or half-full?

Although I like to consider myself a positive, optimistic person the truth is I see the glass half-empty more often then I’d like to admit.  I have a decent, well paying job.   I own my own home and two rental properties. I have a family who loves me. I’ve traveled the world and I just turned 30 four months ago. But I’m not married, I don’t have kids, I only have a hand-full of friends, my peers at work are getting promoted and I’m not.  And the list goes on and on.  There’s a lot to be thankful for in my life but a part of me feels I haven’t started living until these other things are added.

How do I fix this?  How can I see the glass half-full and why should I even try to? Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Therefore, I’m instructed by God to think on things that are excellent or praiseworthy.  I’d gather that that means to focus on what’s in the glass rather than what’s not in the glass.

So, tell me – What’s in Your Glass?