For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have recently been exposed to a great deal of radio programs and articles about the act of practicing gratitude in your everyday life. There has been an abundance of research that shows the positive affects of giving thanks. The research is something to be thankful for indeed – overwhelmingly showing that people who are consciously grateful for what they have are happier and more healthy (mentally and physically) than their non-practicing counterparts.
One of the main suggestions I have seen and heard repeatedly is to keep a log of what you are thankful for on a regular basis. That means daily, folks. And this mindful recording of gratitude is not only supposed to ward off depression and other ills, but increase intimacy in personal relationships and satisfaction at work and in life more generally. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like a good thing to try. Free, simple and a relatively small amount of time and energy for what seems to be an especially great return on investment? I am sold.
Today, I am starting my own gratitude project. I am going to start by thanking all those folks who have been grateful all along. They have provided a path for us all to follow. Take a peek at my Twitter feed for all the things I am grateful for and please share your thanks, as well – we’ll all be happier for it!