“ Delicious Gratitude” will be the topic for a community celebration at Moonstone Wellness Center, and you are invited! Come join me, Dr. Robin Bradley, on Saturday, November 18th from 3-7pm for my 17th year of hosting a community gathering to savor the delights, and benefits of practicing thankfulness. We will begin with enjoyment of a delicious healthy potluck, as we share some experiences of what we are grateful for today. We will share understanding of the benefits of gratitude practices, based on research from the past 30 years of Positive Psychology. About 5 pm, we will gather upstairs for a deeper experience of engaging gratitude practices that can deepen our health, happiness and greater life fulfillment. If you’d like a “tasty preview” of the good news about the benefits of practices of gratitude, read on!
From my experience, thankfulness is a natural experience that flows from Love. When we truly love, we “look through lover’s eyes”, and we value everything. In the moments that we are choosing to Love, we see the best in others, and we bring the best of ourselves. Gratitude flows when we love, because to love is to value, and appreciate. Gratitude leads naturally to sharing, to giving, to desires to engage with and spend time in loving activities and relationships. Thankfulness eases our habits of resistance, or holding on to the past, and natural assists forgiveness. When we choose to forgive past actions, people and ourselves, thankfulness emerges and makes way for new experiences of enjoyment and appreciation of life’s moments.
Research on practices of gratitude focus on what happens when we intentionally devote minutes a day to being grateful. In brief, the general results point to positive improvements in Physical Health, Emotional Intelligence, Personality, Career, and Relationships. Gratitude is shown to increase energy & vitality, strengthen our heart and immune systems, decrease blood pressure, decrease pain, headaches and other physical symptoms, improve sleep quality, improve relaxation and increase time spent on self-care and exercising. Emotionally, gratitude practices decrease stress, anxiety, depression & reduces feelings of envy, jealousy, enthusiasm and distrust. Thankfulness increases our resilience to stress & PTSD, strengthens our positive emotions and likelihood of seeking social support. The more we are grateful now, the more we tend to remember positive memories, and the more optimistic we are about our future.
Naturally, when we are appreciative and feeling better physically and emotionally, the benefits also flow into our daily personality, career and social relationships. Gratitude practices are shown to improve optimism, decrease materialism, decrease self-centeredness, improve self-esteem and increase spirituality. In careers, gratitude practitioners show better management skills, increased decision making, productivity, goal achievement and increased networking. When are grateful, we have better marriages, we are friendlier, more respectful and more trusting. Overall, people like us more and we engage in deeper relationships.
The big summary of all of the research is: Be Grateful and Grow Happiness! Gratitude immediately feels good, and continues to bring more good into your experiences and relationships. It makes you stronger, healthier and more successful, and even is shown to promote longevity. In short, gratitude grows Love, and all of the good in life flows from love. So, open your “lover’s eyes”, see and be grateful, and share the love and joy of this amazing ride we call Life!