“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher
If I Had a Superpower…
I have to admit I have thought about how cool it would be if I had some superpowers. 🦸♀️
Although there are so many to chose from, I am not sure what I would want. Maybe the ability to have many that can be used in different situations. Maybe… Teleporting, Strength, Telekinesis, so many to choose from!
In the real world, there is a superpower we all have that, when used, helps us jump tall buildings and achieve increasingly tricky feats. And that is gratitude!🙌
How you ask? How can one, seemingly, small thing be a superpower?
Think about a time when someone came up to you and sincerely thanked you for something you did. How did you feel? Did you feel seen, appreciated, pleased, happy, joyous, or just good? Did it add an extra spring in your step?
That is just a little bit of what gratitude can do when shared.
However, it is so much bigger! So much more fabulous.
Amazing things happen…
When you have a grateful mindset and share gratitude, amazing things happen.
The following is an excerpt from “The Science of Gratitude, how it changes people, relationships (and Brains!) and how to make it work for you” – HeySigmund.com
“Research has shown that gratitude can improve general well-being, increase resilience, strengthen social relationships, and reduce stress and depression. The more grateful people are, the greater their overall well-being and life satisfaction. They’ll also have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, better sleeps (and better waking). They’ll be more alert and more generous, compassionate, and happier. Grateful people also have a greater capacity for joy and positive emotions.”
Sign me up, right?
That is a lot of superpower strength. Given how powerful gratitude is, think of how much more impactful we could be in shaping a work culture, a life, and even the world around us if we practiced this every day. Not to mention the overwhelming personal benefits.
Some tips in practicing gratitude:
- Daily Journal: write 1-3 things you’re grateful for each day. If you can’t do it daily, then commit to at least three times a week, working towards every day. This will also help you be more positive.
- Meditate: take 10 minutes daily to reflect on the things you’re grateful for and accept yourself as who you are. Be thankful for all you have been through.
- Share gratitude: give honest thanks and appreciation to those around you.
- Be gracious: in tough situations, be gracious and grateful for what you will learn. Strive always to take the high road.
- Open your heart: share your vulnerability and be thankful for every day.
When we spend intentional time on gratitude, we slowly build the capacity to do this naturally. The more gratitude shared, the more will be returned.
It took me a long time to apply this to my daily life. I was grateful, but I was uncomfortable sharing openly.
I thought acts alone would say I am grateful for this or that; however people are not mind readers. You really need a combination of both.
When I became more mindful about this, it was like a big switch turned on. My joy and happiness increased, and my stress and frustration decreased.
Did it happen overnight? Nope. I had to put in the effort to rewire my thoughts and mindset. Now it is completely natural to think about gratitude and be positive intrinsically.
I will end on sharing my gratitude for all of you that follow me on social media, read my daily and weekly musings and are increasingly supportive.
Build a world of gratitude and Shine Brightly!