Where I live, if you blink in mid November, you’ll swear autumn lasted only five minutes! I guess that’s why folks here revere it and why I am often compelled to capture autumn moments. In the few days since I created this post, the landscape morphed into something new. An overnight snowfall has ushered in a serene mood. Inspirational Gratitude Quotes & Soaking Up These Fleeting Autumn Vibes invites you to orange fallen leaves and golden beams of Thanksgiving as we inch closer to the holiday.
Inspirational Gratitude Quotes & Soaking Up These Fleeting Autumn Vibes
Gratitude’s Relationship to Joy
Brené Brown’s research revealed a significant relationship between joy and gratitude, and the direction of the causality surprised her…so worth a watch!
The Simplest Gratitude Practice
It has been some time since I kept a gratitude journal, and here’s a very simple gratitude practice we can adopt at each day’s end. Simply write down one thing…the best part of the day…upon a calendar near the bed.
Just think what a blessing it will be at the end of the year to reflect back upon 365 glorious gifts!
It may be a small thing, but I am grateful for coconut oil which I incorporate into fall baking. It is a fat I am able to tolerate and makes it possible to enjoy a variety of deliciousness.
I’m so grateful for the trees surrounding our property which are home to wild creatures I call pets. Every day, I enjoy the sound of squirrels prancing on the rooftop. From the windows, I watch them chase or feverishly bury black walnuts. What a mess is made with walnuts on the patio! I’m grateful for the mess too…it never ceases to make me smile.
In case you love white milk glass, this candle is hard to beat…
The Art of Gratitude
“Gratitude is good for you. Taking a moment to give thanks can improve your digestion, mental health, and even your emotional health. It doesn’t just make things “feel” better, it actually makes them get better.” -Ocean Robbins
I brought my rug back into the kitchen with the season’s change…here it is (though the smaller size I have may not be available):
The Science of Gratitude
Positive Psychology reported the following benefits of gratitude as a result of The Greater Good Science Center’s white paper on the subject (“The Science of Gratitude” 2018):
For the individual:
increased happiness and positive mood * more satisfaction with life * less materialistic * less likely to experience burnout * better physical health * better sleep * less fatigue * lower levels of cellular inflammation * greater resiliency * encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom
increases prosocial behaviors * strengthens relationships * may help * employees’ effectiveness * may increase job satisfaction
A Life Devoted to Peace & Gratitude
If you have not seen this (Thich Nhat Hanh was 85 at the time), it is worth your time. TNH can no longer speak after a a stroke not long after this meeting, and I’m so grateful we have access to this amazing teaching.
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