When is Enough, Good Enough?
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… ,it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
We all know that life can be messy, but when you think about it, are you grateful?
Research states that people who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. People who kept a weekly gratitude journal reported more optimism, fewer physical problems, and more physical exercise relative to people who recorded neutral or negative events. Gratitude promotes happiness. It becomes a lifestyle.
As we enter the holiday season, I ask you to think about these questions. When is enough, good enough? When was the last time you thought, I am grateful for all that I have?
I think of gratitude as being thankful for what you have, not what you don’t have. Have you said these statements? “If I just won the lottery, I would be happy and everything would work out.” “I will be happy when I get a new job.”
It is time to turn what you have, into enough.
Here are some ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily life:
- Keep a daily gratitude list
- Say thank you and your welcome
- Acknowledge what you have
- Practice mindfulness
- Greet each day as a new beginning
- Give one compliment per day
- Accept a compliment when it is given to you
- Appreciate nature and everything around you
- Help someone
- Be kind to yourself
- Notice the little things
Written by Leanna Kobrin, LMHC. For more information of the services of Center of Psychological Effectiveness, call (954) 583-8831, ext 390.