Today, I’d like to share my personal lesson on gratitude and invite you to cultivate more Gratitude!

Over the last several years, I’ve greatly improved my health due to a positive shift in nutrition and lifestyle. When I look at my life now compared to how it was before, I feel a huge sense of gratitude! However, I must admit that sometimes, I lose sight of what I do have and take my health for granted.

Once in a while when I’ve overworked my body, I experience that old familiar debilitating migraine headache. In the midst of this pain, nothing else seems to matter, and all I wish for is to have my health back. Each time, I’m reminded to slow down and to put things back into perspective. All the stress and worrying about everyday matters, is it all worth it? I’ve come to view physical and emotional disturbances as gifts and learning lessons for me to have gratitude for my health and all the wonderful things in my life. I am grateful for my body that signals me to take better care of myself so that I can stay healthy and grounded.

Often in our busy active lives, we take for granted the things that play a significant part in our wellbeing. During this beautiful holiday season, I’d like to invite you to practice the simple act of cultivating more gratitude. Gratitude means thankfulness for ourselves and others, finding joy in simple pleasures, seeing the positive in things, and viewing each day as if it were a miracle. Gratitude shifts our focus on what’s lacking, to the abundance that already exists. As we shift into Gratitude, we will find ourselves healthier, happier and loving life!

Here are some benefits of having more Gratitude:

·         Increases overall happiness and inner peace

·         Improves health, energy, and immunity

·         Reduces stress, anxiety, and illnesses

·         Promotes feelings of abundance and satisfaction in life

·         Improves mental alertness, enthusiasm, determination, and optimism

·         More motivation to exercise and achieve personal goals

Tips for cultivating more Gratitude:

·         Find Joy and Gratitude in the small things because it’s the small things that are most meaningful in life.

·         Do a gratitude exercise – Imagine losing the things that you may take for granted like your health, your home, or your ability to see and hear. Then imagine that you are given a chance to get each of these things back one by one. Simply evaluate your gratefulness for having them.

·         Keep a Daily Gratitude Journal – When you wake up in the morning, take a moment to write down 5 things you are most grateful for, then review these 5 things right before you go to bed.

·         Try to see the positive in every situation, even challenging ones. Ask yourself, what good can come from this? What might I learn and how can this improve my life?

·         Challenge yourself to not complain, gossip, and criticize yourself & others for ONE DAY. Once you’ve accomplish this, do it for 2 days, then 3 days, until you can go for 21 days straight! This can help shift a negative pattern into a positive one.

·         Write a gratitude letter or email to someone who has had a great influence in your life, and express your deepest thanks.

Join me to celebrate this warm and fuzzy holiday season with GRATITUDE in your hearts… I am grateful to you all for your love and support, and for taking part in our Health & Wellness Revolution!

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