December 3, 2010

Holiday Gratitude & Appreciation

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 3:45 pm by demetriagraves

During the holiday season, often it’s a time to reflect on who we are, what we want, and how to get it.  We make resolutions, go on diets, work out at spas, take long walks, develop a positive attitude, and make new friendships.  During the year, often we’re all so busy with work, children, and everyday life that we may forget to be kind and considerate, whereas the holiday season tends to bring this out in us. Be creative and disciplined and uncover your true self.  This is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself and to others.  Concentrate and make an effort to turn selfishness into selflessness.  When we help others we become immersed in the depth of wisdom, change, and inner awareness.

Over the holidays learn to cultivate your mind with positive thoughts and actions. Make a conscious note of how you treat others and don’t forget that Golden rule of treating others the way you’d like to be treated and your life journey will be smoother.

What are Gratitude and appreciation? Basically they both mean being thankful and expressing that thanks. Gratitude is a fundamental component of a growing body of research suggesting that better sleep, fewer physical ailments, and a greater ability to cope with tough situations becomes easier and smooth.  Gratitude elevates you as it also energizes, inspires, and brings out the most creative you.  Mental and physical health expand to their optimum.  Try a gratitude journal as this will help you feel more satisfied with your life and the people in it.  Recognize that someone benefited in some way from your positive thoughts and speech, and therefore see the connection to yourself.  Stay in the present to see what is really happening in your life and fit yourself into the bigger  picture.

Holidays can be the time to put aside past regrets, rejoice in the present and make plans for your future. Focus on the elements of your life, experiences, and people and things that have touched you.  Take time on a regular basis to mentally note your blessings as this will keep you grounded and pointed in the right direction.  Pause after each reflection that you take, integrate and appreciate feelings, and fulfill yourself with the world at large.


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