If you google “gratitude is good for your health” you will find many articles. They are all from November, representing the one day of the year we are supposed to be thankful. You will also find equally as many articles suggesting you write a gratitude journal. Oprah kept one for 10 years. This newsletter was supposed to be about little ways to recognize your own gratitude and how that can improve your health – from better sleep to improved motivation - but at KinderInk, we are committed to sharing what’s real to us. Here’s real:
A couple of years ago, I had constant anxiety at work and in my personal life. No, I was not married to my boss. I was delighted to learn that many, well-respected people believe that by writing down three things for which we are grateful every day for 21 days can actually train our brains to feel more at peace.
An overachiever, I kept mine for 23 days. I was thankful that my sandwich order was perfect, and that I met a new friend on the bus. I was thankful that the grocery store had my favorite grapes – on sale, and that the last t-shirt on the shelf was just my size, but my brain felt no more trained than a 6-week old puppy.
What did make me feel more at peace? Sharing with others how much I appreciated them – my mom and my sister who would talk to me in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep, my dad with his dependably sound advice, friends who reminded me how capable I was in their eyes. Although my day might have been difficult, I was helping to make someone else’s a little better, and that gave me spots of joy even in this seemingly endless challenging time.
While I will never argue that appreciating small things enriches our daily lives, sharing gratitude with others is much more powerful and shouldn’t be limited to the 4th Thursday of November. Remember that being grateful for someone is a good start, but the magic happens when you let them know.
For whom are you thankful? Share this with a friend to remind them!