GRATITUDE AND POSITIVE WELL BEING



INTRODUCTION


How many times have you had a client complaining about something or blaming someone for their state of wellbeing? These days on a regular basis isn’t it?

Let me tell you a story about one of my clients, her name was Neeta (name changed). She would keep blaming her childhood incidents, her marriage, and having kids at a young age for her having stress which lead to Obesity, Blood pressure, Dyslipidaemia issues, Over the follow-up sessions, she questioned me that how do I manage stress, job and multitask, etc.? I suggested to Neeta that practicing gratitude would help. It has helped me maintain my calm and kept me grounded during the pandemic. For example, being thankful for the work from home option when so many others are risking their lives on a daily basis. The pandemic also gave me an option to stay with my parents for a month which I didn’t do for a really long time and at the same time, work from there. I told her that focusing on good helps me tremendously to tide over any situation.

We always have a habit of nitpicking but especially in times like today when there are worries and uncertainty all around, tools like gratitude, visualizations, and prayers become necessary for us to maintain our calm and keep us down to earth. We should pardon the past and the uncontrollable, and feel grateful for the ‘present’, a ‘gift’ bestowed upon us.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives. With gratitude, people acknowledge the good things in their lives. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something more powerful—it may be people, nature, or a higher power. Psychologically gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive, enjoy good experiences, improve health, deal with adversity, and build healthy relationships with individuals.


Unfortunately, human minds have been designed in such a way that our focus often goes towards what we do not have, or on what is not going well, and seldom on what is going well, or what we have. While life has challenges and disappointments, it also brings great joys: problems are solved, opportunities are seized, relationships are built; health; promises; dreams, and hopes are reassured, which are a blessing upon blessing.


PRACTICAL WAYS TO FEEL GRATITUDE


Gratitude helps people to focus on what they have instead of what they don’t. And, as holistic health coaches, we can do our part to help clients cultivate gratitude. Here are some words of advice, we can offer.


Write a Thank you note:

Offering gratitude can be something as simple as saying “Thanks” to someone. “Thank you” is a magical and powerful word. Just a thank you note can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship. Expressing your joy and appreciation leaves an impact on your life.


Thank you, someone.

No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done some favor for you and thank the individual by thinking good about him.







Keep Gratitude Journal


End your day on a thankful note, by writing three things you were grateful for in the day. This is a powerful practice before sleep, as it helps in shifting stress and worry to a state of calm and peace.




Pray

Praying to almighty and being grateful for your beautiful life can heal you from many sufferings.





Meditate

Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment. While meditating focus on what you're grateful for (the warmth of the sun, cool breeze, water, trees, nature, a pleasant sound, etc.). Remember, never forget the fundamentals of living. Be grateful, bless the energies that your body, heart, and mind need. Live consciously, be grateful and feel the energy inside you. As you have the power to heal yourself!



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