Thanksgiving message to Bliss… When I was studying for my Wellness certification from Yale University, I read many scientific studies about happiness and applying the science of psychology to be happier and to increase our wellbeing.
Consequently, we learned how to apply these concepts and how we could make ourselves happier. We have lots of insights into the sort of things that make us happier, make us laugh, and make our life more fulfilling. How do we know this? On one hand because scientists are coming up with good ways to study these things and good ways to measure them. On the other hand, because there are people who are applying science to public policy, to their practice, and in their own lives.
One of the reasons I chose to take this course at Yale, and why I am writing here to you, is that we need these breakthroughs. I decided to take this course at Yale because as a society we really need these insights. These scientific findings made it clear how this science could be applied in people’s daily lives.
Clearly, I cannot go over all of that information in this post. Therefore, I chose what is more related to Thanksgiving. One of the topics was Character Strengths and Virtues. Among the character strengths related to the virtue of transcendence, we find gratitude.
Gratitude is being thankful for the good, expressing thanks, and feeling blessed.
Interestingly enough, gratitude rhymes with “attitude”. In addition, that has a lot to do with affirmations. If you have been reading my Wednesday’s posts where I write about affirmations, you already know that positive affirmations switch us into a positive state and give us a positive attitude.
Hence, each time we express our gratitude, we are using an affirmation. As more emotion we feel in our gratitude expression, the stronger our affirmation. The stronger our affirmation, the stronger its effects on our wellbeing. Obviously, this helps us to minimize symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
We can be grateful everyday of our lives for many different reasons. Today is a fantastic opportunity for reflection and gratitude. What are you grateful for? How do you express your love and gratitude? We may hold those great personal reflections in our minds, feel them in our hearts, maybe writing them in our journals, or, perhaps writing them down in a letter to share at our Thanksgiving table with our loved ones.
As a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner, I am thankful to be able to help people. For instance, to:
- Be more optimistic
- Improve their sleep
- Experience more joy and pleasure
- Strengthen their immune system
- And to feel less lonely and isolated.
Helping others fill my heart with joy. However, that is part of the virtue of humanity, but that is a topic for another post. In conclusion, my Thanksgiving message to Bliss is …
“And may we ever have joy and gratitude in our hearts that the Great Creator of all things, in His Love for us, has placed the herbs in the fields for His healing.” – Heal Thyself by Dr. Bach