It is the Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada, and there is much to be grateful for.
I am so grateful that our paths have crossed and you are part of my community.
I often write, speak and coach on the importance practicing gratitude. I created a free downloadable audio on the Power of Practicing Gratitude as a bonus teaching for my book Money, Manifestation & Miracles (see download link below).
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am a specific exercise on Counting Your Blessings, which you can start using today for positive results.
As a positive psychology practitioner and researcher, I can share that the concept of gratitude is the most well-researched and evidence-based intervention in positive psychology, which was introduced by Dr. Robert Emmons. Essentially, practicing gratitude is a science that can increase well-being, health and happiness.
Dr. Emmons has studied more than a thousand people from ages 8 to 80 and found many beneficial results of consistently practicing gratitude, including but not limited to:
• Strengthened immune systems
• Lower blood pressure
• Better and deeper sleep leading to feeling more refreshed when waking up
• Increased levels of positive emotions
• Being more alert and alive
• Greater joy and pleasure
• Being more optimistic and happier
• Being more helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More open to forgiving
• Be more outgoing
• Feeling less lonely and isolated.
Here are two ways to Count Your Blessings.
1. Over the next week, spend 15 min. approximately an hour before going to sleep writing about an event, an experience or relationship that you are grateful for. Writing it down rather than just thinking about it can deepen your positive emotions and mood. Write about a different event and situation each night.
2. Before you fall asleep, reflect on the day and identify 5 things you are grateful for.
Whichever exercise you choose, keep in mind that gratitude opens your heart to receiving and giving blessings, thereby inviting even more opportunities for gratitude.
As Oprah Winfrey once said,
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
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Meriflor Toneatto is an award-winning leadership and Positive Psychology Coach, Strategist and Entrepreneur. She has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times and more.
She is the CEO and founder of Power With Soul and creator of the Millionaire Difference Makers™ Path for visionary entrepreneurs.
Her book Money, Manifestation & Miracles guides women to reach financial prosperity and success while fulfilling their social promise in the world.
Meriflor helps coaches, entrepreneurs and experts turn their calling + mission into a thriving, profitable and fulfilling business that is tailored to their strengths, personality, passion + lifestyle.