Attitude of Gratitude

happyI read a blog post a couple days ago by a fellow gym owner titled, “Can Gratitude Make Us Healthier?“, and it got the wheels turning, so I thought I’d share it along with my thoughts as this week’s Food for Thought Friday blog post.
I encourage you to read the entire blog post by Paul Reilly and then come back for some of my thoughts, but for those of you that like CliffsNotes, the gist of it is that maintaining a positive attitude and being grateful for all the wonderful things we have in our lives has been proven to have positive psychological and physical effects that allow individuals to live longer and healthier lives.
One of the best parts about Paul’s blog post is that he really dug deep and pulled the actual clinical studies from UC Berkley and UC Davis to support his writing, he didn’t just make this shit up and hope you believed him because he’s a smart guy, haha.
But to add to Paul’s piece, that’s exactly what I’m going to do, except I’m going to pose more questions and challenges for you to ponder and attempt yourselves, so that the evidence is in how you act and feel, not in what some university professor tells you that you should experience.
So, buckle up and put on your thinking cap, because we’re about to go down the rabbit hole…
  • Do you have someone in your life personally or professionally that always seems to have a positive attitude? Do you envy their optimism?
  • Do you ever find yourself complaining about tiny details that happen to you at work or at home or do you get worked up over the smallest inconvenience and then realize you’re literally just WASTING energy being angry when it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things?
  • Are the words that come out of your mouth routinely negative or talking about the bad things that happened or could happen, rather than all the positive things that did happen or the possible positive outcomes?
  • How many times have you been worried about something bad happening, rather than “knowing” that everything is going to work out just fine?
All of these questions posed above I’ve run experienced personally and seen other people do.
Some of them happen more often than others for myself and other people that I encounter, but in my opinion the negative half of each of these circumstances is an absolute waste of time, mental power and energy.
There’s no getting around that these thoughts and feelings are going to pop in your head every once in awhile, but the sooner you recognize them and move from the negative to the positive the better off you’ll feel and the better off you’ll be.
So, with Thanksgiving just a week behind us, I encourage you to take the thankful mindset and do your best to make it permanent.
Make the commitment to yourself to adopt an “Attitude of Gratitude” through the New Year and enjoy how wonderful you feel physically and mentally from making this shift in attitude and thought process.
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