by Angela Counsel
Gratitude helps you feel better. Not just emotionally but physically as well.
The Institute of HeartMath conducted some research into the effect of emotions on the rhythm of the heart. The researchers observed physical and behavioural changes depending on whether the subjects were experiencing positive or negative emotions.
Results showed that when the subjects were experiencing emotions such as gratitude, love and appreciation, their energy levels were boosted, they were able to think more clearly and their immune system was stronger.
Importantly there was an opposite effect for those how experienced negative emotions.
The researchers used heart monitoring technology to map heart patterns. When the subject felt frustration, the heart rhythm was jagged and irregular. When the subject chose to feel gratitude or appreciation, the heart rhythm became smooth and ordered.
Oooooh. Smooth and ordered! That would be nice in all areas of our life. Smooth sailing!
So we all see the Facebook posts and the internet memes about gratitude and it sounds easy. But is it?
It is if you are mindful and observant of your own behaviours, triggers and mindset.
Here is a list – a Gratitude Manifesto! – that outline the gratitude ethos I practice in my daily life.
1. Believe that, as things comes to you, they are exactly what you need, and be grateful for them. These may be people, challenges, circumstances or things
2. Worry is the opposite of gratitude – it is failure to understand that you have been, and will continue to be, provided for each day
3. Whenever you fear the future, stop and observe a tree. Consider how the tree continues to stand tall and grow, regardless of the different seasons it experiences
4. Worry is an action. Gratitude is an action. Both are optional. What is your choice? By choosing gratitude you drive out the space and time for worry
5. Gratitude is simply noticing the good things in your life
6. What you pay attention to grows – be grateful for what you have and more will come
7. Each day brings a multitude of opportunities to feel gratitude and appreciation
8. When you neglect to experience gratitude, you limit your potential for joy and contentment in the present moment
9. Worry doesn’t prevent bad things from happening, it only stops you experiencing joy in the present moment
10. The present moment is the only place and time in which the subconscious mind exists. So forget the past, don’t worry about the future, just enjoy the present.
So, sit quietly now and close your eyes. List in your mind everything you have to be grateful for. Right now. In this moment.
Write it down, create a drawing or whatever output helps cement that gratitude in your mind. And thank the universe, the source, whoever it is you talk and pray to. Say thank you for what you have in abundance in your life….
Do this regularly and I guarantee you will feel the waters of life become a little less choppy.
One of the things that I am truly grateful are the women who I meet at the monthly Entrepreneur’s Playdate events. I am grateful that they decide to come and have fun with me and I am also grateful that I am able to provide an event that helps women reduce their stress while growing their business. If you would like to find out how you can join in the fun of the Entrepreneur’s Playdate then click here