Gratitude Can Help You Sleep!

I've written often about how gratitude is the most life-giving emotion and it may even help you get a better night's rest.

As Tim Denning writes:

"Appreciating one thing helps you to realize how much you already have. Every

day, you get one gift of something going right amongst all the stuff that goes

wrong. This gift is a good focus point to reflect on and be at peace with. Every day,

one thing is going right for you. What is it?

Did the car start? Did someone hold the door open? Did the customer do what

you wanted them to do? Did you get to read that book?"

End your day by thinking of these things to put the worry part of your brain to rest.

Be in the Present

As the weather begins to change, one of my favorite things is a sunny day when the air has a slight chill. What a relief after the  long cold summer. However, if I'm not careful, I can miss those days by being preoccupied and in a hurry. Through mindfulness, we are able to breathe in the experience. To pause, if even for a moment and notice the sun and air can bring a measure of joy to anyone's day -- at least for that moment. Use the core mindfulness skills of observing and describing to yourself how delightful the weather feels. We spend so much time thinking about what we need to get done or what we wish we had, that we miss or barely notice the moments of our lives that are truly worth living. Truly enjoy your spring!

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." ~ Audrey Hepburn

Of course, people will notice your appearance, but what they will truly be impressed by, is how they feel while in your presence. Do they feel like you listened, cared, or did you make them laugh? This is what counts. When talking with someone, instead of focusing on what they are thinking about you or what you will say next, try considering for a moment how they are feeling as they are talking with you.

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