Gratitude

Reflect upon your blessings, of which every person has many.

Reflect upon your blessings, of which every person has many.

When we were kids our parents taught us to say “thank you”. More than good manners, expressing and feeling gratitude has powerful effects in our lives.

It makes sense, but neuroscience has now proven the benefits of a gratitude practice. Here are just a few benefits you’ll experience from starting a gratitude practice

• You’ll feel happier. Having a gratitude ritual, according to Robert Emmons a University of California, Davis, professor of psychology, increased happiness by 25% in subjects of a recent study.

• Your relationships will improve. Christine Carter, sociologist at the University of California, Berkley, found that gratitude rewires our brains to appreciate what is going well, calming down the nervous system and the fight or flight response.

• You’ll boost your energy levels. The reason is unclear as to why, however improvements in physical health make us more energetic.

A beautiful and fun way to start a gratitude practice is with a set of Gratitude Cards from Julie Ulstrup Photography. Each set of 30 has a quote from famous and not so famous people around the world and through the ages.

Choose a card each day, read the quote.

• Place the beautiful image on your desk, in your purse, on your bathroom sink, your steering wheel – wherever you will see it.

• Each time you see it take a deep breathe and think of something in your life for which you are grateful.

• Give the card to someone who will benefit to spread the seeds of gratitude.

• Repeat the next day.

Thank you for making our community grateful, healthier and happier!
If you would like a set of gratitude cards, please contact me AND now I am thrilled to announce they are available at Turquoise and Tangerine in Loveland.

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