This was the quote on today’s peppermint Yogi Tea Bag, that a thoughtful student brought to me as a gift. I stopped, and was grateful. Being grateful, is a conscious practice, it doesn’t come unless you practice.
Researchers say that gratitude practice can be a powerful tool for improving mood, overall wellbeing, and greater optimism (1). In fact, research has shown how gratitude practice can help foster relationships, heighten your sense of connection with others, and act more compassionately(2). Gratitude has even been shown to improve sleep quality.
Practicing gratitude, that leads to happiness is like strengthening a happiness muscle.
“Like farming, the cultivation of happiness takes time, focus, and effort […] cultivation of gratitude may be one of the most effective ways of
This year has taught me to stay present and practice more gratitude in order to stay on the light side of life, and remain present (glass half-full kind of positivity). Yoga philosophy refers to this positive state of being as one of Santosha.
How to practice Santosha and Gratitude? Some suggestions here are inspired by Lifehack (4) and then there is one from me at the end:
Keep a gratitude journal and add to it everyday.
Tell someone you love them and how much you appreciate them.
Notice the beauty in nature today, the color of a flower, the smells of the grass or the coolness of snow.
Nurture your friendships.
Smile more often.
Watch inspiring videos that will remind you of the good in the world.
Include an act of kindness in your life each day.
Avoid negative media and movies with destructive content.
Cook meals with love, think of the people you will feed.
Volunteer for organizations that help others.
Now, shall we practice together? I’ll meet you on the mat, this Thursday, American Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26th, 2020 for All Levels Grateful Gathering Yoga Practice.
Time: 10am central 8am pacific. See davannayoga.com and click on either practicing with me via Live Zoom or In Studio ( see purple buttons on home page). The fees are 6$ for online, and 15$ in studio ( limited space).
And Thank You!
1)Algoe SB, Haidt J, Gable SL. Beyond reciprocity: gratitude and relationships in everyday life. Emotion. 2008
2)Emmons RA, McCullough ME. Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2003;84
3) Silton NR. Scientific Concepts Behind Happiness, Kindness, and Empathy in Contemporary Society. IGI Global; 2019.