Meraki's last event, Gratitude, allowed me to come back to what I have always known but often fail- incorporating gratitude in my life on a regular basis can change so many things on all levels....personally, professionally, spiritually. Gratitude has the power to change my relationships with every single person in my life. Focusing on gratitude allows me to be a healthier person both physically & emotionally. Research tells us that grateful people have an increase in their overall level of happiness & well being. They make friends easier. They exercise more regularly and have more frequent check ups with their doctors. Grateful people are less likely to seek revenge against others and are more likely to be sensitive & empathetic. People who incorporate gratitude into their lives have an enhanced self esteem and show an increase in mental strength. Grateful people have an advantage in overcoming trauma and enhanced resilience helping them to bounce back from highly stressful situations.
Sounds like a no brainer, right? With all of these benefits, doesn't it seem like something we would all intentionally be doing? But we don't. Why?
It's sort of like the whole peace thing we talked about. Everyone wants it. No one would turn it down. We all see the value in it but actually incorporating it into our lives is another ball game. Life gets the best of us. We get caught up in the demands and busy pace of our agendas and we do whatever it takes to get from point A to point B. For some of us, life has handed us some really tough circumstances. Feeling grateful can feel disingenuous and forced. Sometimes it feels like if we focus on being grateful, we are dismissing all of the thin