For many people, the practice of giving thanks only comes around with the holiday season. But with more and more evidence from positive psychology studies showing the link between gratitude and health, people are embracing it as a daily practice.
Researchers are concluding that grateful people take better care of themselves, exercise more and eat healthier diets. And let’s not forget their positive outlook and perspective. ☺
Want to practice more gratitude in your day-to-day life but not sure how to get started?
Here are 3 practices to increase your gratitude for commonly taken for granted blessings…
Give Thanks For Your Food
Did you know that one in every eight people go to bed hungry each night?
In today’s hunger epidemic and food access crisis, being able to enjoy an abundance of easily achievable food is an absolute privilege. Each time I sit down for a meal is an opportunity to practice gratitude. Here’s a prayer a friend of mine says before each meal:
Thank you Earth for this nutritious bounty. Thank you for the hands who harvested your fields. Thank you for the hands who prepared this meal. May I use this sustenance to nourish me so I may better serve you and others.
You can thank all the causes that resulted in your meal, from the sun, water, soil and air, to the farmers, transport and even the cashier clerk who rang you up at the market. It can also be as simple as saying “Thank you.”
Water shortages affect two-third’s of the worlds population for a minimum of one month a year.
Just as food access is a common privilege we may take for granted, so is water. The reality of our water-scarce world hits me often with a simple turn of a faucet. Many of us are blessed with clean water at a twist of a knob when so many people are struggling just to obtain it.
If you are one of many people who have easy access to water, try mindfully practicing gratitude each time you use it. You can do this when you turn on the sink to wash dishes, while in the shower, doing laundry and of course drinking clean water. Water is life. Let’s celebrate this sacred gift and its presence in our life.
Bless this House
A United Nations global survey found that an estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide.
While I know we come from different walks of lives and circumstances and our homes may vary greatly, from apartments in cities, quaint cabins in the country side, suburban homes or homes on wheels, to have a roof over your head is nothing to take for granted. Thus add your shelter to the list of easy blessings to count each day.
You can leave a sticky note where you can easily see it when entering and exiting your home, so that your first thoughts upon leaving or arriving are deep in thanks for a dwelling to call your sanctuary.
Our blessings are infinite and certainly aren’t limited to these few essentials. However, by giving thanks for these basic and immediate needs, we shift our perspective from what we lack to what we joyously have, leaving an abundance of spaciousness to give thanks for all the important things in life.
May you live in deep gratitude and thanks for all the circumstances that support your advancement. The universe is always conspiring your success.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love + light,