Almost every day (not always, I have bummer days as well) I feel a deeply rooted gratitude for life. I am grateful to have healed from cancer twice; grateful for everything I have learned during and after being sick. And of course enormously grateful I can now support and coach others that are going through the similar experiences I had.
The beauty about life is that every single experience can be turned into a meaningful one. Even though if they can be hard and tough. But it is up to you what your outlook on those experiences is. One of the things I have always refused when I was sick was feeling sorry for myself. The poor me attitude has never been my way to go. Of course I felt miserable and weak when I was undergoing different kinds of treatments and of course it was tough to rebuild my life twice and process everything that happened to me.
One of the most important things that kept me going was my love for life. And with that I mean that I learned that it is up to you to see your life through your chosen filter. When you choose to see life with gratitude and love as this big school that we can learn from. Then it becomes pretty magical and amazing. Now I take a moment every day to count my blessings. Being grateful for those small, precious gifts in every day life is a powerful thing.
And even research shows that gratitude has a very positive outcome on the quality of life. Two US psychologists wrote an article about an experiment they did on gratitude and its impact on well-being. They split several hundred people into 3 different groups. All the participants were asked to keep daily dairies. The first group wrote objectively about the events that occurred during the day. The second group was told to write about their unpleasant experiences and the third was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful.
The daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Besides that, the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.
One of the researchers was Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California, who has been researching gratitude for over 10 years. According to him, those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system and have stronger social relationships. Also, he points out: To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings.?
Taken this all in account, why don’t you try and see for yourself. Before going to sleep, write down 5 things you are grateful for. For example: it was a nice and sunny day, your friend came to visit you, you had a good and fun workday, your husband cooked you a delicious meal, a supporting message you got from a family member, your kid is doing great in school, and so on, and so on. It will put a smile on your face, for sure!
Lots of Love, Sophia
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