being grateful will improve your health
Jerks. We’ve all met them along our journey of life. The key is to know how to lower the impact they have on our happiness factor and to focus on the positive factors in our life. I’m no doctor, but I do know that being grateful will improve your health and fretting about the small stuff will contribute to illness inducing stress.
Those of you who are new to this site may think that I only write about chocolate and travel. Those are certainly my priorities these past few years, but I have always enjoyed writing about the various virtues of life as one or the other takes priority in my conscious mind.
Today is such a day. I had a rather negative communication with a business associate that could have ruined my day. His arrogance was enough to turn my stomach. Instead of letting it spoil my day, I chose to focus on all the things that make me grateful. We’ve recently experienced Canadian Thanksgiving, and I know my friends in the US will be celebrating their Thanksgiving this month, so hopefully, this discussion will get us all thinking about the importance of gratitude.
Gratitude has been a regular visitor to this blog over the past seven years, and this link will take you to the 17 posts that have dealt with gratitude in some way. I have learned that being grateful and feeling gratitude have always upped my happiness factor. Does that work for you?
5 things that feed my positive energy and up my gratitude factor
music – especially the music of Bob Seeger, Jimmy Buffett, the Beatles, Alan Jackson, and Leonard Cohen that always bring a smile to my face, lift my spirit, or get my foot tapping.
my simple life – I have a husband who loves and appreciates me, a cat that I adore, good health, and a nice home in a safe community. That is all I need to make me happy.
my work – I get to work from home. I have carved a niche for myself that enables me to write about things I love–like chocolate and travel. And I have found ways to help me travel with limited resources and with the help of my travel industry colleagues. I am immensely grateful for that.
my country – I love Canada and I am grateful to be a Canadian. We generally respect one another and I think that each of us shares that enduring love for a country that welcomes newcomers, cherishes its elders, and encourages free thought.
sunshine – when it’s sunny, I feel good. And I am fortunate to live in a place that enjoys sunshine roughly 320 days of the year.
Just comprising this short list has upped my happiness factor and filled my heart with gratitude. What’s on your list? What makes you feel especially grateful?