“An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities.” This is the message on my tea bag today. What does this really mean?
About Everyday Health reported that “Research suggests that individuals who are grateful in their daily lives actually report fewer stress-related health symptoms, including headaches, gastrointestinal (stomach) issues, chest pain, muscle aches, and appetite problems,” says Sheela Raja, PhD, an assistant professor and clinical psychologist in the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Sometimes saying thank you is tough for some people. This attitude doesn’t necesssarly come easy, but is certainly worth the effort. Having an attitude of gratitude is a way of looking at the world. “Feeling gratitude is a sense of what I would call appreciation, wonder and thankfulness for what has occurred in our lives and what is going on right now, and an eager anticipation of what is to come”, says Paula Langguth Ryan, author of Giving Thanks, The Art of Tithing. “It’s being present to the wonders and joys of life as it is, without wanting it to be different, and a sense of fullfillment that comes from within, from seeeing the good, or potential good in every situation.”
We express our gratitude on Thanksgivng, but it is so much more rewarding when you can make this feeling a part of your overall attitude in life.
Back to my teabag- I think the opportunities come with gratitude because the positive shift in your attitude makes your life better, and you are more able to see opportunities in every situation, good or bad. Being grateful brings more joy and love to your life.