Gratitude: an elixir for whole health
Gratitude is a powerful elixir. For years, psychologists have touted gratitude as an important tool in enhancing one’s mental health. But gratitude has a great influence on our whole health – physical and social, as well as emotional.
Among the many benefits of a “grateful practice” – increased energy levels, stronger heart and immune health, and lower blood pressure. Gratitude leads to optimism and greater self-esteem. This positive approach can lead to improved self care and a greater likelihood to exercise, which in turn, circle back to feeling happy and well. Hence, the incentive to continue the practice – and keep the flow of positivity going. So, how do we “practice” gratitude?
It can start as simply as writing down one thing for which you’re grateful each day. Maybe you want to make a list of more than one thing. Whatever you write down, focus on that – absorb it. Gratitude becomes a habit and the more you choose to express gratitude, the more often you’ll find yourself doing it. Some people keep gratitude journals, others add a gratitude meditation into their daily lives. However you practice, the point is to incorporate this sense of gratitude into your day and into your life as routinely as you brush your teeth and wash your face. It can reap an abundance of benefits for your well-being.
For individuals who have been impacted by cancer, the practice of gratitude can change one’s perspective. “Finding the Grace in Gratitude” is a three-session workshop offered by the Cancer Support Community-MSS in Norwell on three Mondays in May, beginning May 2. Facilitator Kay Trask helps participants explore the practice of gratitude and learn how it can open one’s life and transform one’s heart. The workshops meet from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on May 2, 9 and 16 at CSC-MSS, 120 Longwater Drive, Suite 104 in Norwell. This program is offered at no cost to individuals who are impacted by cancer. Information or registration can be done via phone 781-610-1490 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.