This year, as we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, it is clear we are living in a time with an intensity of national news and world events that can easily draw us off center, into the past, or cause us to wonder how to make sense out of the future. This quote by Melody Beattie brings me peace so I wanted to share it with you.
It seems we have much healing to do. So you may be wondering why focusing on gratitude will help us to heal. I believe gratitude can support us in staying present to what is, acknowledge what needs to be healed, and can then guide us toward a path of creating “a vision for tomorrow.”
I am grateful for you. Thank you for being in my life. Whether I have met you in person or connect with you in print, I am grateful for our connection.
Celebrating and magnifying gratitude is a gift we give ourselves. It brightens the light of wellness wisdom that resides within each of us.
On this Thanksgiving holiday and beyond, I invite you to welcome gratitude into your present-moments. Laugh, love, play, and pray your way into the continued nourishment of your mind, body, and spirit as you honor your wellness wisdom within. May the gifts of gratitude be ever-present in your days.
Please enjoy exploring these suggestions for 7 Ways to Magnify Gratitude–-an excerpt from the 2nd edition of my Wellness Wisdom book.
7 Ways to Magnify Gratitude
- Start the day by giving thanks. As you open your eyes, you might say, “Thank you, God (or whatever you call the Divine), I get another day!”
- Don’t complain. The universe typically provides us with more of what we speak or think about each day. So the more you complain, the more you’ll find reasons to complain! The more gratitude you acknowledge, more things to be grateful for will appear in your life.
- Consider keeping a gratitude journal. Having a gratitude journal by your bed and writing just a few things in it each night can be a beautiful closure to the day.
- If journaling isn’t your thing, call to mind ten things you are grateful for before drifting off to sleep.
- Write and send thank you notes, not just for something given to you recently but to acknowledge appreciation for something someone did for you in the past.
- Don’t wait for Thanksgiving or a special holiday to express gratitude, love, or appreciation to those you love. Call someone now. You’ll make at least two people feel better.
- Consider gratitude as a way of being. The suggestions above offer things to do that are supportive in developing the practice of gratitude. The next step is to know you can go even deeper and allow yourself to be the place where gratitude flourishes.
Excerpt from Wellness Wisdom: 31 Ways to Nourish Your Mind, Body, & Spirit 2nd ed., by Susan Tate.
“Wellness Wisdom lifted my energy immediately . . . This book contains a powerful blueprint for what wellness looks and feels like.”
~Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause and The Secret Pleasures of Menopause