Tuesday Thoughts And Do I have To Be Thankful?
Hi Friend's, What did you implement last week? How was your Thanksgiving? Fun? Crazy? Lonely? Hard? Holidays can be all of these things. You might ask yourself: "Do I have to be thankful?” The simple answer is yes and no. No, because I want you to acknowledge whatever it is that you are feeling, and if you have followed me for a while, you know I want you to feel whatever emotion comes to the surface. FIRST. Always feel that emotion first. THEN you can move on to finding things to be thankful for. If you don't acknowledge the underlying feelings first, anything else will be forced and unauthentic and your mind and body will reject it. It will feel fake. You know the feeling. We all do. Are you irritated? Frustrated? Sorrowful? Angry? Resentful? Lonely? Bored? Anxious? That's OK, you know. Allow those feelings. Ready for the next step? This comes easy to some and is very difficult for others. Find at least 5 things that you are thankful for. This doesn't just apply at Thanksgiving, but daily. Psychology today, for the researchers among you, point out 6 benefits of gratefulness:
Improves sleep quality
Improves emotional regulation
Increases feelings of happiness and positive mood
Fosters hope for the future
Reduces stress, burnout, and symptoms of PTSD
I believe thankfulness does a ton more. It opens doors, it shifts your mind, it's a good foundation for your belief system, it is good to booster immunity, it improves relationships and so much more.
Many spiritual practices include thankfulness because it’s a good foundation. It's healthy. It's good.
In the words of A. A. Milne spoken through his beloved character POOH:
Let's see. What to be thankful for....there’s honey... and honey...and you.
Start with what's in front of you. Pooh did. So can you.
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You are loved. Deeply loved. Loved beyond measure.
Until next time, Isabelle
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