Practice Gratitude and Create Well-Being

Geoff Farnwsworth, Life & Relationship Coach

“Be joyful even when you have considered all the facts.” —Wendell Berry

Gratitude is a concrete tool that we can use to become happier and healthier. Seeing life as a gift rather than an entitlement puts us into a state of appreciation or “grace.” This requires a shift in thinking that moves our focus from what is wrong to what is right.

This isn’t to say that we should have a blindly optimistic worldview in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. Yes, pain and injustice and cruelty exist, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being that surges through us with positive energy. We experience our power to do whatever we can to reach out to those in need and to make change. This again leads to a feeling of well-being…and gratitude. It’s a self-sustaining cycle!

“When we develop a sense of appreciation for those around us and cultivate a sense of gratitude for life itself, we are relieved of the burden that comes with seeing ourselves as ‘victims,’” writes Greg Krech in Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection. Gratitude can transform us from victims to  grateful individuals who act with power and grace.

Practicing gratitude can be as simple as writing a thank you note or telling a loved one what it is we appreciate about him or her. We can experience gratitude while we’re working in the garden, walking on a beach, reading a poem or listening to an inspiring piece of music that moves our heart or moves our feet!

If you’d like to find out how you can create more gratitude and well being in your life, please contact me.

(856) 371-4704 or email coachgf@mac.com