November 2015 Newsletter
We all have many things we are thankful for.
Giving thanks helps us to forget about our troubles and focus on all the good we have in our lives. Being grateful everyday helps us attract more things to be grateful for!
Consciously utilizing The Power Of Gratitude is not only an important skill to learn and master, it’s an extremely important aspect of consciously and consistently attracting to yourself the abundance and happiness that we all aspire toward and without exception deserve to experience in life.
What good is gratitude?
With Thanksgiving approaching, we’ll all soon be taking time to acknowledge what we’re grateful for. It’s a nice gesture, of course, but why do we do it?
For more than a decade, Robert Emmons, Ph.D., has been studying the effects of gratitude on physical health, psychological well-being, and relationships with others.
In a series of studies, he and his colleagues have helped people systematically cultivate gratitude, usually by keeping a “gratitude journal” in which they regularly record the things for which they’re grateful.
(For 10 ways to become more grateful, click here.)
Gratitude journals and other gratitude practices often seem so simple and basic; in their studies, they often find that people keep gratitude journals for just three weeks. And yet the results have been overwhelming. They have studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
- Stronger immune systems
- Less bothered by aches and pains
- Lower blood pressure
- Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- More alert, alive, and awake
- More joy and pleasure
- More optimism and happiness
- More helpful, generous, and compassionate
- More forgiving
- More outgoing
- Feel less lonely and isolated
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is also the author of the books Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity and Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.
Make Thanksgiving a daily habit with these apps.
Gratitude! was created and supported by Carla White after her dad suddenly passed away. Within two months of daily journaling her life changed so drastically, she created the Gratitude Journal app. Now her dream is to get everyone on the planet on a daily gratitude habit. Rate your day from 1 to 5 stars, list several things that you’re grateful for and attach a photo.
Daily Gift from Deepak Chopra sends you Daily Karma, Deepak Video Blogs and Inspirational quotes both on your iPhone/iPod and in your email. Specify the time of the day for delivery of your personal daily gift and the app sends tiny bits of inspiration your way each day.
Gratitude Journal 365 allows you to create a daily entry, list anything you are thankful for and choose a photo for that day. You can also view photos in one screen in a beautiful calendar.
Attitudes of Gratitude Journal will help you to develop and maintain a daily attitude of gratitude. At the end of each day you can list the things you are grateful for. You will soon see that your list is much longer than you expected.
Staying Well with Dr. Mary Jo
Let’s make a pact – as winter approaches, try using non-invasive therapies to keep colds away:
- Increase vitamin C
- Use Healthy Cell to boost immunity get bodywork
- Then try natural approaches if you get a cold or flu – they work, try the drink below.
Grandma Arlen’s Cold and Flu Drink
- Squeeze 1-2 lemons (with some rind) in to a quart of spring water.
- Add 6-7 chopped cloves of garlic and about a thumbs worth of fresh ginger root (lemon and garlic are anti-viral).
- Add some cayenne pepper (to tolerance), try ¼ tsp. first.
- Add 2 teaspoons of honey, simmer for 20 minutes.
- Drink a large cup-keep sipping throughout the duration of your illness.
Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, we recommend consulting your Medical Doctor, Dietitian, or Mental Health Practitioner.