Dr. Melissa is joining us this week for another guest blog! She is sharing her thoughts about spending time in gratitude.
I was reading an article in the Pathways magazine the other day and it hit me pretty hard. The article talked about how gratitude changes seven areas of your life: spiritual, mental, vocational, financial, familial, social, and physical.
Thinking It Through
I know through my circle of friends and family, I see an increase in compliments, thanks, and love around the holidays. It’s the “normal” thing to do around Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, right?! I found myself asking, “Why are we so grateful during the holidays, but our world has turned so negative during the other days of the year?”
I knew then that something needed to change. Every aspect of our lives has the potential to find something to be grateful for. And every aspect of our lives has the ability to be labeled. Situations can be either negative or positive depending on how you perceive it and what label you put on it.
For example; if I told you that you are always nice and never mean, and always positive and never negative, you would probably know that is not the whole you. And similarly, if I told you that you are always mean and never nice, and always negative and never positive, you’d know that’s too black and white. But, if you were told that you are sometimes nice and sometimes mean, sometimes positive and sometimes negative, you would probably agree with me.
Gratitude Across Life
The same goes for all areas of life. No situation needs to have just one label. When we perceive each situation with both sides simultaneously, we allow ourselves to become grateful even when things appear to be in chaos. There can be good during seasons of stress, and happiness even during sadness.
My Challenge To You
So, I challenge you for 365 days, to stop and reflect on your life and think about what you can be grateful for, each and every day. At the end of that year of gratitude, reflect on how your life has changed and how you have changed the lives of those around you.
As Dr. John Demartini says, “A grateful mind opens up a loving heart.”
About Dr. Mel
Dr. Mel is one of the Chiropractors on the team with us at Peak Performance. She is passionate about improving the health of our Fort Collins’ community, one nerve system at a time. She knows the importance of an optimally functioning body, a healthy nerve system, and how a mindset of gratitude can improve your health.
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