Be Grateful!

12 Feb

My grateful journalWriting a gratitude list is something I heard about but never actually did, I kind of put it off. But then I decided to bite the bullet and write one mid last year… I wrote one every night for 30 days, and since then I haven’t stopped.  I can honestly say it’s been a ‘game changer’ for me and the way I view the experiences I have in my life. 🙂

So what does it actually do?

“Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. But if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never, ever have enough.”                                                   Oprah Winfrey

A thought can be measured by its frequency, and a happy thought of gratitude has a very high level frequency. When you are vibrating at this higher level you start attracting more of these high level frequency experiences into your life. Feelings of gratitude increases serotonin which is a neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel good. It’s a lack of this mood enhancer that can make people susceptible to depression.

It’s been said before that ‘positive things happen to positive people’ and by focusing on the good in ones life it attracts more good. On the other hand focusing on the bad attracts more bad luck, haven’t you heard that drainer person complain about how ‘unlucky’ they are and that ‘bad’ things always happen to them. Well of course they do, bad stuff is always going to happen, that’s life. It’s what you CHOOSE to dwell on that will ultimately shape your mood for the day.

According to Dr Simon Young from The Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience (2007, Vol 32:6) a negative mood is a risk factor for many disorders. He discussed that hostility and a negative mood are associated not only with mental but physical disorders too, he used the example of heart disease and found patients who were negative or hostile had a poorer survival rate. Furthermore, hostility may lead to a decreased social support network and social isolation, which can lead to a greater mortality rate of those with heart disease!

So being grateful for what we have brings increases serotonin, reduces our chances of depression and heart disease AND attracts more good in our life??

Have an attitude of gratitude for goodness sake!!!

 “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

Buddha

Today I’m grateful for my beautiful family, my amazing friends, this blog 🙂 , the delicious nutritious food that I have eaten, finishing another gruelling yet rewarding Bikram class, getting a text from the boy that I dig, the sun shining, learning new things, living in this great city, my car starting, and having the dog sit here with me while I write this!

What are you grateful for today?

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7 Responses to “Be Grateful!”

  1. Hayley Fraser February 12, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    I think I just read my favourite post of all. It was so well written and actually made me lol (the crossed out drainer, and the car starting). I think you’re getting better and better at this Kim. I can tell you’re more confident with it.

  2. Alex February 13, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    Awesome! I loved every word. This post made me smile, made me think and struck a meaningful chord.
    Thank you 🙂

    • kimmcp4 February 13, 2013 at 4:37 am #

      Thanks Alex! Really glad it has made you smile 🙂

  3. Steve February 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    YES!
    Great stuff! Thankyou for sharing. 🙂

    • kimmcp4 February 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks Steve, let me know if there is anything else interesting you think I can add to my blog 😉

  4. Hayley Fraser March 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi SF&SY,
    I’ve recently seen avocado oil popping up more and more in my local health food shop and online. I wanted to know if you ever use this and how?
    Thanks for your wonderful posts. Keep it up!
    Hayley

    • kimmcp4 March 9, 2013 at 6:05 am #

      Hi Hayley!
      Avocado oil is a great alternative to olive oil and coconut oil for a change! Like coconut oil it can withstand high heat (whoop) AND smells delicious! Try it on salads too and like other oils you can use it on your skin and as a hair treatment.
      Try it and let me know how you go
      x

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