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How Gratitude Can Radically Improve Your Life

How Gratitude Can Radically Improve Your Life

How Gratitude Can Radically Improve Your Life

I believe every day should be Gratitude Day (it’s an actual holiday that occurs each September.) Especially after the year 2020… we very much need gratitude in our lives. While the official nature of this holiday reminds us to reflect on all the wonderful aspects of our lives, we should always be aware of our riches—and I don’t mean the material ones. There are so many benefits to being grateful.

Are you a grateful person? If you are, you know the benefits of living a daily life feeling grateful and appreciative are endless. That’s because the greatest gifts a mother (and in my case, a New Age grandmother as well) leaves her children and “Grands” is what she leaves them in their heads. Gratitude is one of those gifts, and it is a boundless and infinite emotion.

Enrich Your Life with Gratitude

If you are fortunate enough, dear readers, to feel grateful for the little things in life—and I don’t mean a fancy new possession or an impressive promotion at work—you are blessed and you know exactly what I’m talking about.

If, on the other hand, you are oblivious to the sunlight on a glorious day, or take the sweet waitress for granted who went above and beyond as she served you at lunch, it’s time to pause, take note and readjust your values. I promise you that you will reap untold satisfaction. And it’s never too late to incorporate a new skill into your mindset, especially one that will enrich your life.

And take a moment to think about your Grands, a generation that’s at risk for becoming entitled. As New Age grandmothers, let’s use our inner beauty to teach them about the importance of gratitude and appreciation on an emotional level rather than a materialistic level.

Benefits of Gratitude

For those of you who take life for granted, you can use gratitude to reflect on the benefits of gratitude. But more significantly, you can try to make this a habit, because grateful people have stronger immune systems, sleep better, feel more alive, experience more positive emotions, and have a greater ability to express compassion and kindness to others. I hope these facts are compelling enough to motivate you to embrace this transformative emotion.

And for those of you who are lucky enough to already have the remarkable, and oh-so-beneficial “grateful gene”–pass it along through your actions and discussions with your Grands.

I am well aware that we all have hard times, especially now. I have, indeed, had mine. But I know through my personal experiences that having the ability to feel even a tiny bit of gratitude for all the other things in my life has helped me weather these storms.

How to Begin Being Grateful

Here are my three top ideas on how you can integrate gratitude into your life on a daily basis.

  1. Gift yourselves and your Grands with a festive Gratitude JarEvery time you or your Grands feel a moment of gratitude, write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar. On visits, compare notes with your Grands.
  2. Keep a journal. A saleswoman by the name of Sue helped me in more ways than one when she fitted me with my first pair of shoes after I had a cast on my leg removed. She gave me a powerful piece of advice: “I keep a pen and pad of paper on my nightstand. Before getting out of bed each morning I write down one to three reasons I feel grateful.”
  3. Be cognizant of all the people in your life. Say thank you with a big smile to the person who serves you your coffee and step up those meaningful warm hugs to family and friends (when we can.) You’ll make others happy, and you will feel wonderful because of the way you are more connected to them.

Remember These…

When you are in doubt or have had a particularly challenging day, remember these astonishing facts and remind yourself why it’s better to live gratefully.

  1. Overall positive emotions can add up to seven years to your life.
  2. Grateful people will have ten percent fewer stress-related illnesses.
  3. Grands that are grateful are more likely to get 20% better grades.
  4. Forge more satisfying relationships with others and you will be better liked.
  5. Grateful people have thirteen percent fewer arguments.

Channel Gratitude Day year-round. Show your gratitude to others as I am showing mine to you with this: You are the reason I pen my thoughts because the fact that you read my musings makes me very happy—and I am deeply grateful to all of you.

And as you strive to bring gratitude into your lives, remember these words from the renowned Greek philosopher Epictetus. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”

What are you grateful for this holiday season? Let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page. I am smiling!

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December 22, 2020

Passages After 50

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  1. patricia nisenholz says:

    LOVE the NEW AGE term for a Grandmother!! I am that NEW AGE Savti!!! TY.. passing it on to everyone!!

    HaPpY Wednesday!

    ~ patti.. aka NEW AGE Savti

  2. Kay Ayers says:

    I am grateful at the age of 83 I only need to work part time AND I am grateful I am able to work. I am grateful I can drive and I can walk because A few yrs ago I was in bed for 10 months because of nasty fractures. I am grateful my granddaughters text me every week. I am grateful I live in sunny California.

  3. Georgianne Brennan says:

    I am not happy about these days but one,very,special thing that has happened,Being in the pandemic,it has brought me so much closer to God.watching mass and other services daily for a cure and welfare of people,I know even when this may be less,I still will have time for these daily reflections and I always want to feel this wonderful connection to Him.

  4. Margo says:

    I am grateful for my family and sharing Christmas with my son, daughter in law and grandson. I am grateful that my grandson spends time with us (he’s 21). I am grateful for having all that we need and the generosity of a family member that has always shared good fortune with us. I am grateful for memories of growing up in a loving family and learning what’s important in life at a young age. I’m grateful for my husband even though at times we forget how much we’ve shared for fifty years. The list is endless, but most of all I am grateful for being aware of the countless blessings God has given us and not taking them for granted.

    • Honey Good says:

      Beautiful. I think you should consider printing this for all your children and grands and frame it a beautiful frame and give it to each member of your family. It is a mothers and grandmothers short story of gratitude. Happy New Year. Warmly, Honey

  5. Bonnie says:

    Normally I go to Hawaii two/three times a year and to Georgia to be with my family. I haven’t traveled this year, but I am still grateful for the ability to ZOOM with my loved ones, for my good health, and for the many blessings I have received during this difficult year. I have a positive outlook!

  6. Irene says:

    I am grateful to you and for your blog
    You are a gift 🎁
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas from a sizzling 40C (104F) Perth Australia

  7. barbara lyster says:

    I am very grateful at this moment stumbling across your words of encouragement from your “gratitude post”! Thank you beautiful one! I just signed up, will be tuning in regularly! I so appreciate your selfless love shared that I feel while exploring your “Honey Good” website! I have read several of your helpful, thought-filled posts, so thank you, Honey! God Bless You and now I am sending Good Vibes of GRATITUDE your way! Happy New Year!

    • HG Guest says:

      I am overly touched and gratified by your words. Thank you and welcome to Honey Good. Keep in touch. I wish you a very sweet year in 2021. Be good to yourself. You count. Living that lifestyle will make you a happier woman. I know. I learned. Warmly, Honey

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