Benefits of Being Thankful
With all that’s going on in our world, the economy, the environment, politics as usual, wars, famine, earthquakes, tsunamis, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose the joy in our lives. You can regain your lost joy and peace by becoming ‘actively thankful’ about things that you may take for granted.
• A place to sleep tonight
• Three meals today
• Clean water to drink and bathe in
• Electricity and indoor plumbing
• A job. It may not be your ideal job, but it provides money for the necessities of life
• Health. You may have some health issues, but you are here, breathing and alive.
• Family and friends who care about me and I care about them
• A car, clothes, computer, house, etc…
• Eyesight, hearing and the other senses, that sadly, some do not have
• Ice Cream! Chocolate!
• The sun on your skin
• Clean sheets air dried on the clothesline and smelling like sunshine
• An unwarranted act of kindness
• The wind in your hair when riding a bike, or driving a convertible
What are some of the benefits of being thankful?
According to a Psychology Today article, people who practice being grateful experience “greater levels of optimism, positive mood and feelings of belongingness, psychological well-being, fewer illnesses and spend more time exercising. “ The conclusions of the study quoted in the article suggest that adopting an attitude of gratitude may promote healthy living.
Feeling stressed and depressed? Keep an ongoing journal of whatever simple things brought a smile to your face and joy into your life each day. By keeping a list all of the things that you have to be thankful for you’ll become aware of just how truly blessed that you are. Your family, your friends, your home, your job, your health, your pets, food on the table, clothing, shelter, the basic creature comforts, etc.
Watch out! Thankfulness is contagious and may inspire you to make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate. Get involved and become a volunteer at your local shelter, hospital, church or other community organization. Give someone else something to be thankful for…
When you really think about it and put things into proper perspective… Life is good.
Know someone who is feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed by life? Please share this article with them, let them know that they are not alone and encourage them to get assistance.
|About the Author
Melody Kipp, PhD, LMHC is the President and CEO of Life & Work Soulutions, Inc. She holds an earned Doctorate degree in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology with a Clinical-Counseling emphasis. Dr. Kipp has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH5137) in the State of Florida since 1999 and is a State of Florida Qualified Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health Counselor Interns and Marriage & Family Therapy Interns. [...]