Cultivating Gratitude brings you more
How will you feel just after Thanksgiving and when Christmas is approaching? I will think of a letter written by the wife of the founder of an essential oil company. The letter is all about expressing gratitude. My feelings to this letter can last forever, and I will read it every year. I feel a lot with it. Let me share it here and I hope you can get the same feeling. Merry Christmas!
The holiday season means different things to different people. It may be a time of celebration, fun, gifts, and both happy and sad memories as we reflect on the past year. We shower each other with perhaps too many gifts, attend the parties, and excitedly anticipate the new year. But what does this season really mean to each of us, and how does your heart respond?
Gary and I have always been filled with gratitude for so much in our lives and the abundance that has come to us. We feel that gratitude is something we should express every day in our words and actions. Because we both grew up in humble circumstances— Gary in particular—it was always easy for us to feel grateful for what we had, including for our blessings of growing an opportunity.
Gary gave everything to better mankind, and thousands are reaping the benefits of our tiny beginning that has grown into a global force for good. So many of us are experiencing a lifestyle of health and abundance, but with that comes a responsibility to show our gratitude by helping others in need, showing them a better way, and sharing [the oils].
Gary always talked about what he wanted to see within [the company] from those experiencing abundance—and for many, a life they could never have imagined. I want to express my gratitude to our thousands of members who are doing exactly what we had hoped for with their abundance. Members everywhere are volunteering their time, skills, and financial means to help. I know if Gary were here, he would express those same feelings of deep gratitude to all of you.
We continue to grow as a force of strength for the well-being of our fellowmen, and because of that, our abundance will continue to grow and more lives will be changed as people are given the opportunity to reach their highest potential. Remember, one of the rewards of gratitude is the joy of self-fulfillment available to those who honor their responsibility to help others in need.
May God bless us all as we celebrate this holiday season and the new year, continuing to share our mission, our oils, and that with which we have been blessed with God’s children everywhere.
Gratitude rewires brain happier
Psychologists Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis and Dr. Michael McCullough of the University of Miami published a study in 2015 that looked at the physical outcomes of practicing gratitude.
One third of the subjects in the study were asked to keep a daily journal of things that happened during the week for which they were grateful. Another third was asked to write down daily irritations or events that had displeased them. The last third of the group was asked to write down daily situations and events with no emphasis on either positive or negative emotional attachment. At the end of the 10-week study, each group was asked to record how they felt physically and generally about life.
The gratitude group reported feeling more optimistic and positive about their lives than the other groups. In addition, the gratitude group was more physically active and reported fewer visits to a doctor than those who wrote only about their negative experiences.
Other research into the physical effects of gratitude report even more tangible results. Focusing on the positive and feeling grateful can improve your sleep quality and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Furthermore, levels of gratitude correlate to better moods and less fatigue and inflammation, reducing the risk of heart failure, even for those who are susceptible.
Through the power of gratitude, you can wire your brain to be optimistic and compassionate, making you feel good. The more you look, the more you can find to be grateful for. This positivity can extend to those around you, creating a virtuous cycle.
3 Tips for cultivating Gratitude
Gratitude was a way of life for Gary. He often said that a grateful person is a happy person and that challenges and setbacks are just opportunities to grow. Here are there tips for cultivating gratitude even in difficult times:
Forgive and thank: “We beat up on ourselves, but everyone makes mistakes” It is important that forgiveness can lead us imbues the past with peace and the future with hope.
Dream and be glad you can: It took a long time for Gary to thank God but he eventually did. Then he started thanking God for that gift, and his dreams became real.
Cultivating Gratitude brings changes to others: When we smile, the world smiles. When you change little things inside of you, the world changes. On the other hand, when you cry, the world cries for you.
Gary inspired us that no matter how small or big to cultivate gratitude daily, we are ultimately happier and more at peace.
Oil suggestion for you
An essential oil blend contains nine essential oils and has a spiritual aroma that promotes gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation, helping foster a positive attitude and attracting all that is good in your life.
Gratitude is a practice and an attitude. When you concentrate on things you are grateful for instead of things that bother you, you open yourself up to receiving more of your gifts. Life flows better when your heart and mind are open with gratitude. Enjoy this blend of Grand Fir, Frankincense, Coriander, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Northern Lights Black Spruce*, Vetiver, and Geranium.
Simply dab onto your neckline and pulse points for an energising scent, letting go of worries and focusing on manifesting joy, abundance and happiness. While you write down your morning intentions, you may like to add a few drops into a spray bottle filled with water to refresh your space with refreshing notes.
Inhalation: Gently breathe in the renewing scents.
Beauty: Add a drop into your spray bottle filled with water for a refreshing spritz.
Bathing: Run a warm bath, adding 6-8 drops to help you unwind.
Massage: Dilute a few drops into 10 ml of Base Oil for a relaxing massage.
Perfume: Works well with a lot of essential oil blends.
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