If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
Detach from negative emotions.
Gratitude promotes healthy relationships.
Self-esteem is increased with gratitude.Insecurities often stem from an under appreciation for who we are and a longing to be who we are not. While I sit back and enjoy a nice glass of wine tomorrow I’ll choose to not think about the poor cook I am, and instead pat myself on the back for actually putting forth the effort to make the homemade cranberry sauce. Comparing yourself to others, what they have, and what you don’t have, is one of the most harmful practices you can participate in. Like our favorite childhood author Dr. Suess tells us “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” Comparing yourself to someone else will always be harmful because you will always be you, and they will always be them. Sure, we’re all made up of the same blood, muscle, and bones but as we all know the human body is a lot more complex than that. If we can learn to be thankful for the aspects of ourselves that we bring to the table our self-esteem is sure to go up.
Appreciation improves physical health.
It is common knowledge that when we love something we tend to take as much care of it as possible in hopes that it will stick around and flourish. This logic is also implemented with gratitude and our physical health. When we learn to appreciate our bodies and our health, we learn to take better care of ourselves. If going to regular check-ups, eating right, and exercise is something we realize makes us feel good, were going to keep up these practices so the feeling stays the same. Studies also show that the mood of appreciation can actually decrease your stress hormones, therefore decreasing inflammation in your body and improving your physical health.
Happy people sleep better.
I’m sure most of us have heard the expression “don’t go to sleep angry” and if you haven’t this is SO important. Going to bed with your mind overcrowded with stress and anxiety is a great way to make sure you don’t get a good night’s sleep. How is your mind supposed to rest if it won’t stop worrying? The best way to avoid this problem and make sure you get all your beauty sleep is thinking of all the good things happening around you. Think about the goals you finally reached at work today, instead of what you have left to accomplish tomorrow. A goodnight’s rest makes us ready to handle the next day and whatever hurdles we have to go through without an emotional meltdown.
In conclusion as we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow with family and friends try to keep up with the mood and thought of gratitude, even as we embark on the holiday season of giving. Take from today that giving especially appreciation can be not only rewarding but beyond beneficial for our own mental state.
Written by: Alexandra Haggerty