Dr Bret Wilson

Gratitude, Appreciation, Thanksgiving and Your Health

Gratitude, Appreciation, Thanksgiving and Your Health
By Bret Wilson

The practice of gratitude for the everyday blessings opens our hearts and minds to attract greater health and happiness.  Appreciate the little things that sustain our daily lives and maintain our health.   Be aware of the benefits of rest, nourishment, support of family and friends.

“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and Dr. bret Wilsonfood, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Appreciate People

Expression of appreciation between two people benefits both parties. Be mindful of the kindness of others and recognize them for it.  Seek reasons to be appreciative of others and learn to express those thoughts.  Be willing to receive thanks from others by accepting it graciously.  The practice helps you to better connect to those around us and strengthen our relationships.

Recognize Blessings

Recognition of the blessings in our lives often takes some perspective.  Remind yourself not to be too quick to judge an event or circumstance as good or bad.  Cultivate an attitude of faith and gratitude that there is a benefit to all situations, given time for interpretation and perspective.  If we are too fast to judge a situation as a curse, we will miss the blessing that resulted from the same event.

This principle is evidence in the good news bad news stories.  My grandsons and I enjoy a story telling game in which each event in the story is alternately followed by the expression “oh that’s good” or “oh that’s bad”.  The fun involves changing the perspective from one side of the gratitude coin to the other.  An attitude of gratitude helps you to see the good more often.

Being thankful without judgement of the event as good or bad fortune is a spiritual practice.  Dr. Wayne Dyer, in his book, Change Your Thoughts- Change Your Life, discusses the Taoist perspective of unity in events deemed fortunate or unfortunate.  In order to live untroubled by the peaks and valleys of life, see them as part of the wholeness of life that enables you to be thankful for the blessings in all events.

Grateful Choices

An attitude of thanksgiving helps us make better choices. A greater focus on the things that are going right can reduce our fears and make positive choices about changes we can make for the better. Try to be thankful for the improvement made so far, this changes your perspective and opens your heart and mind to better opportunities.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”?– Oprah Winfrey

Gratitude and Health

Expression of gratitude and being appreciated does more than just make us and others feel good, it benefits the health of both giver and receiver.  Studies has shown benefits of increased energy, better sleep, improved blood pressure and reduced physical symptoms such as pain.

Gratitude is a positive force for your health.  Thankful people are more likely to choose healthy habits such as diet and exercise.  Some studies have indicated better and faster recovery from disease and surgical procedures.  There are indications of improved immune system response.

Be Thankful

I remind you to enter all seasons with a thankful mind and heart.  A spirit of thanksgiving, appreciation and gratitude is an important aspect of your mental and physical health and well-being.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bret Wilson

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