Gratitude and Appreciation

Once you forgive, it’s only a short step to gratitude and appreciation.

Writing daily in a gratitude journal was one of the rituals I created that assisted me to heal after Dan’s passing. I can honestly say today, I am in love in gratitude in relation to Dan’s passing as I love the person I have become and I would never have woken from my ground-hog daze without Dan passing and having his guidance from another realm.

I believe that there are a lot of reasons to write in a gratitude journal.  Study after study has shown the importance of gratitude, and it’s essential, positive impact on our social, physical, psychological and emotional well-being.  These modern scientific results are merely a capstone on the echoes of age-old wisdom which has been whispering about the importance of an attitude of gratitude, since the beginning.

There are many ways and reasons that gratitude is inherent to our basic happiness. Practicing gratitude is one of the best methods for improving over-all satisfaction with life, and other feelings of appreciation, optimism and joy. Gratitude lowers anxiety and decreases, even eliminates depression. It strengthens our immune system, and encourages us to be more health conscious, all while fueling us to take better care of ourselves. Gratitude is the key to deep relaxation and better sleep.

Gratitude promotes a spirit of forgiveness, peace and cooperation – even in difficult, stressed, or strained relationships. Gratitude directly relates to our resilience, and increases our levels of commitment, tolerance and ability to connect with our friends and family.

After years of writing in a beautiful covered journal that had lined pages inside, I started to want more and after not finding what I wanted, I was guided (probably by Dan) to create my Elements Collection Gratitude Journals: four uniquely designed journals (Water, Air, Fire and Earth) that are a novice’s guide to gratitude and mindfulness.

Are you ready to start practicing gratitude?

Not sure where to start?

Then check out some of the resources on this website.

Until next time…..

Be well and remember to make each day meaningful, memorable and magical………..and never, ever, ever stop dancing!

With Love & Gratitude
Karen Chaston.