With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’ll all be taking time to think about the things we’re grateful for. If you’re having a hard time finding the motivation to practice gratitude this Thanksgiving, we’re here to help!
What is Gratitude?
The dictionary defines gratitude as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
The social, physical and psychological benefits of practicing gratitude are extremely significant. In a study of over one thousand people, Doctor Robert Emmons found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
- Stronger immune systems
- Less bothered by aches and pains
- Lower blood pressure
- Exercise more and take better care of their health
- Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- More alert, alive, and awake
- More joy and pleasure
- More optimism and happiness
- More helpful, generous, and compassionate
- More forgiving
- More outgoing
- Feel less lonely and isolated.
One of the best ways to cultivate gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. If you take time to stop and write down the things you’re grateful for it will focus your attention on developing more grateful thinking. This causes us to see people and things in our life as new and exciting instead of taking them for granted.
Another way to cultivate gratitude is by counting your blessings on a daily basis. I recently started doing this on my drive to work each morning and it has had a profound impact on my life.
Gratitude at Studio Be Salon
At Studio Be Salon we have so many reasons to be thankful. We spoke with three of our stylists and asked them to tell us what they’re thankful for this holiday season.
I’m grateful for my family, pets and a peaceful place to live where I can relax. I’m also grateful for my incredible clients and family at Studio Be Salon.Alicia – Senior Stylist at Studio Be Salon Fort Collins
I’m grateful for Studio Be Salon and the support they’ve given me while starting my career. I’m also grateful for the friends and relationships it has given me.Leticia – Apprentice at Studio Be Salon Fort Collins
I’m grateful for my family and dog who get help me through anything and everything. I’m also grateful for my incredible guests at Studio Be Salon.Chelsea – Partner Stylist at Studio Be Salon Fort Collins
Want to be happy? Be grateful.
Tye Dutcher is a Rio 2016 Paralympic swimmer for Team USA, an amputee that lost his right foot in a traumatic accident at a young age, and a realistic motivational speaker.
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