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  • Writer's pictureadam thompson

Wednesday Wisdom - Gratitude

Welcome to my first Wisdom Wednesday! Today, we're going to explore the concept of gratitude and its impact on our lives.



Gratitude is the practice of recognizing and appreciating the positive aspects of our lives. It's easy to focus on what we don't have or what's wrong in our lives, but taking the time to be grateful for what we do have can have a significant impact on our mental and emotional health.

Research has shown that practicing gratitude increases happiness, improved relationships, and better physical health. Focusing on positive aspects of your life can reduce stress, improve your mood, and enhance your overall well-being.


So how can we cultivate gratitude in our daily lives? Here are a few simple practices to get started:


Keep a gratitude journal: If journaling is your thing, it’s not mine. You can take a few minutes each day to write three things you're thankful for. This can be anything from a good cup of coffee to a supportive friend to a beautiful sunset on the beach. Whatever brings you joy.


Say "thank you": Take time to express gratitude to the people in your life. This could be a simple thank you to a coworker or a heartfelt note to a loved one. Send a tweet if that’s your jam.


Practice mindfulness: Take time each day to be present and fully engage in the moment. Notice the beauty around you and appreciate the simple things in life.


Here’s a trick taught to me in the Air Force: during that mindfulness time: identify one thing you see, which could be a tree branch blowing in the wind; one thing you hear, like the birds, chirping; one thing you smell, maybe fresh cut grass or even the smell of rain on the pavement; one thing you feel, like the wind on your face or even the chair you're sitting in.


Try to be specific with yourself as you describe those senses. How hard is the wind blowing? What pitch is the bird chirping? Is the wind chilly on your skin? You’ll be surprised how relaxed you can get.


Give back: Volunteering or donating to a cause you care about can be a great way to cultivate gratitude and give back to others. Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers and you don’t have to be a master carpenter to join. Even if you’re just handing nails up to someone with a hammer, every little bit counts.


Remember, cultivating gratitude is a practice, and takes time and effort to develop. By making gratitude a habit, you can experience greater joy, fulfillment, and overall well-being.


So, take a moment today to reflect on what you're grateful for and make gratitude a regular part of your routine. Your mind and body will thank you for it!


Happy Hump Day!



-ajt


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