Most often, we wait for special occasions to give thanks. Perhaps it’s around a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, however, giving thanks is something to be practiced all year round.
The more you notice that you are grateful for, the more things you will have to be grateful for.
Why should we be grateful? Research studies have shown that gratitude improves your health. People had less depression, lower blood pressure, more energy and greater optimism when they were grateful. Another research team found that positive emotions such as appreciation significantly lowered levels of cortisol...a hormone often related to stress.
For about a year, it was a practice of mine to write down 3 things every morning that I am grateful for. I think it’s time for me to go back to this.
Here are some other ideas on ways to give thanks
Write below what you are grateful for in your life!
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If you’ve been a long term patient of mine, you will notice that I get excited for you when you are in pain. It’s not because I enjoy watching others in pain or suffering, it’s because I see pain as an opportunity for you to change your life in some way….that is why, pain, is a terrible thing to waste.
What does pain tell us? Pain tells us 3 things: 1. Stop 2. Pay Attention 3. Do something different
Stop could mean something as simple as stopping what you are doing that is causing the pain. For instance, lifting things that are too heavy or lifting with pour posture. Most often, when we think of stopping something, we take it to mean something physical. Since we are not just physical beings, we need to consider stopping something emotional or mental as well. Are you having an argument with someone or holding on to past hurts in your body? Are your thoughts to yourself gentle and kind or do you treat yourself harshly?
This is an opportunity to examine how you got to where you are now. Have you been dropping your standards in one place? Have you stopped exercising, eating well, etc and weakened your body and immune system so that you are more prone to getting hurt?
Have you been upset or frustrated about something lately and have simply let it build instead of addressing it and now it’s affecting your health and your life?
Pay attention to the events, physical, emotional and mental that have been leading up to where you are now. Have you been really busy running around and now that you’ve twisted your ankle, you finally need to stop, rest and take care of yourself.
Assess where you are now and what life is trying to tell you with your pain. Do you have sciatica aka a pain in the butt and there are people in your life that are literally being a pain in the butt to you?
Do Something Different
If you keep doing the same things over and over again, you’ll keep getting the same results that you’ve always gotten. One of the reasons that people get the same pains again is because the same patterns of behaviour are the same.
To get different results, you need to do something different….physically, emotionally and mentally.
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Back in September, we had a couple tornadoes come through Ottawa. They caused damage worse than the big Ice Storm and a large part of Ottawa was left without power for days.
Several of a staff lost power at their homes and our office was closed for a day. However, everyone was ok.
When disaster hits, it’s amazing to see how community comes together. From the workers at Hydro Ottawa who worked non-stop to restore power to the individual communities who opened up their homes, fridges and hearts to those in need. We are lucky to live in such a caring city.
Now, we respond great in times of disaster. How do you bring the same generosity and caring to our day to day lives?
Some questions you can ask yourself are:
We are so grateful to be in this city, country, to be on earth in this great time. Let’s make the world a better place….because it all starts with you.
Last week I was having a hard time with my son. He was cranky, whining and throwing temper tantrums. It was 8am and he had already had 3...one because Mommy wouldn’t follow the garbage truck around the neighbourhood with him.
When we were in the car, he was screaming and crying. I was at my limits and was about to yell back when I saw a car in front of us with 2 dogs with their heads hanging out the window. This reminded me of a video I once heard from Abraham-Hicks.
Q: Why do dogs risk getting bugs in their eyes, sticking their heads out of car windows?
A: Because the contrast of the bugs in the eye is a small price to pay for the exhilaration of that ride….exactly the way you felt when you knew there would be contrast and you said the ride is going to be worth it.
Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI6qtppejWY
In that moment, my anger and frustration turned into laughter. The bugs in my eyes: the temper tantrums, sleepless nights, early mornings, etc are nothing compared to the joy of watching this kid grow, learn, the snuggles and love.
I am grateful for the reminder that I needed in that moment. Also, to remind myself to look beyond the bugs and at the fun ride.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.