Gratitude means appreciating the good things in life, no matter how big or small. Making the practice of gratitude a regular part of your day can build happiness, self-esteem, and deeper relationships with others.
How can I intentionally practice gratitude on a daily basis?
Once a day, spend a few minutes writing down some good things about your day. This isn’t limited to major events. You might be grateful for simple things, such as a good meal, talking to a friend, or overcoming an obstacle.
Keep your eyes open throughout the day for reasons to say “thank you.” Make a conscious effort to notice when people do good things, whether for you or others. Tell the person you recognize their good deed, and give a sincere “thank you.”
Go for a walk and make a special effort to appreciate your surroundings. You can do this by focusing on each of your senses, one at a time. Spend a minute just listening, a minute looking at your surroundings, and so on. Try to notice the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations you would usually miss, such as a cool breeze on your skin, or the clouds in the sky.
Think about someone who you appreciate. This could be a person who has had a major impact on your life, or someone who you would like to thank. Write a letter that describes why you appreciate them, including specific examples and details. It's up to you if you’d like to share the letter or not.
Remove yourself from distractions such as phones or TV and spend 5-10 minutes mentally reviewing the good things from your day. The key to this technique is consistency. Think of it like brushing your teeth or exercise—it should be a normal part of daily self-care. This technique can be practiced as part of prayer, meditation, or on its own.
With another person, take turns listing 3 things you were grateful for throughout the day. Spend a moment discussing and contemplating each point, rather than hurrying through the list. Make this part of your routine by practicing before a meal, before bed, or at another regular time.
What are the benefits of focusing on Gratitude?
Gratitude Improves Physical Health.
Gratitude Improves Mental Well-Being.
Gratitude Promotes Spiritual Growth.
Gratitude Increases Self-Esteem.
Gratitude Reduces Stress.
Gratitude Helps You Sleep Better.
Gratitude Improves Relationships.
For the month of November, we will be doing a special GRATITUDE RAFFLE at the studio.
Every time you take a class, write down one thing you are grateful/thankful for and place it in our Sanara tin by the front desk. At our Thanksgiving class taught by Kim and Susan, they will draw 3 raffle winners. Raffle winner #3 will win Sanara swag worth $100.
Raffle winner #2 will win a holiday party at the studio.
Raffle winner #1 will win a 10 class pass to gift to someone.
We are excited to fill the studio with even more positive energy!
The thing I am MOST grateful for as I write this newsletter today is every single one of our incredible teachers and members of Sanara. This studio is a dream come true for me and I am so thankful to be able to share it with all of the people that pour into this space and have become family to me and my own family. I love you all.