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OPENING: Hello. I’m Beverly Goldsmith. Welcome to Spirituality and Health Connect – a weekly program full of tips and ideas to help you live a happy, healthy life. Today’s topic is Have MORE gratitude. It’s good for your health.
There’s growing evidence that gratitude makes you a happier, less stressed or depressed person. Grateful people actually sleep better because at night they think less negative and more positive, thoughts. Grateful people also have more constructive ways of coping with life’s difficulties. They complain less and spend more time working on resolving any problems. This means that being a grateful person helps you live a happy, healthy life.
Practice having MORE gratitude
Gratitude, more than any other character trait, is thought to have the strongest links with good health. But being a truly grateful type-of-person, doesn’t just happen. It takes practice.
So here are some tips to help you practice being more grateful
– Exercise your mental “gratitude-muscle” right through the day.
– Start each morning with words such as, “I’m grateful for the day ahead, the people I’ll meet, and for the good that will come my way.”
– At night, give thanks for three joy-bringing things that occurred during the day.
– Start-up a gratitude list. Add at least one more thing to it every day.
– Make meal-time an occasion for conversation that bubbles over with gratitude for the positive things that occurred during the day, rather than it being a “complaint session”.
Have MORE appreciation
The trouble with complaining about others and grumbling over their shortcomings, is that it tends to obscure the good that’s right at hand. Here’s an illustration.
A speaker showed his audience a large sheet of white card with one tiny black dot on it. He asked them what they saw. Each said a black dot. Not one person mentioned all the white on the card!
Here are tips to increase your appreciation
– Express your gratitude to others through your grace, kind words and actions.
– Complain less. Appreciate every person’s contribution more. This could include being grateful for the volunteers who help school children cross the road safely, or the local barista who cares enough to make your coffee just the way you like it.
– Follow what Mary Baker Eddy says in her book Science and Health … Be thankful for the good already received. Take advantage of the blessings you have, and “thus be fitted to receive more.”
– Even, “Under affliction in the very depths, stop and contemplate what you have to be grateful for”. (The Mary Baker Eddy Collection)
– Remember, use your “gratitude-lens” to see more of the good around you.
– Make an effort to boost your gratitude-levels. Have MORE gratitude. It’s good for your health.
CLOSING: Well that’s it for now. If you like what you heard, or want to hear this program again, go to Soundcloud. I’m Beverly Goldsmith – practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing. Thanks for joining me.