Turns out Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year we should reflect and take stock of all the positive things in our lives. In fact, there is scientific proof that being grateful is just plain good for you. According to some “gratitude” researchers, here are some ways to integrate scientifically endorsed gratitude into your life.
Write Down What You’re Grateful For.
Begin your day by listing ten things that you are grateful for. A wise friend told me that when I was facing some seemingly insurmountable problems. At first I thought she was crazy. The last thing I felt at the moment was gratitude. But, I tried it. At first I could only get to four or five things that I was grateful for but within days I was having difficulty stopping at ten. It’s now become such an ingrained habit that I not only start the day but I also end it by silently making my “gratitude lists”.
Gratitude researchers confirm I was on track. They’ve discovered those who keep at gratitude journals exercise more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were generally more optimistic about the upcoming week—compared to their negatively focused counterparts.
Even a Single Act of Kindness Can Go a Long Way.
Every act of gratitude counts. It can be as small as saying thank you or telling someone important how much they mean to you. Scientists studying positive psychology found that a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms. The happy effects disappeared within three to six months which shows that gratitude is an act to be repeated again and again.
Want to improve your love life? Tell your partner you’re grateful he/she is in your life!
While being grateful is good for you, being on the receiving end of it can do wonders for your romantic relationships! A recent study found that after receiving gratitude, participants noticed that their partner was more responsive to their needs and overall more satisfied with their relationship. Gratitude was shown to have had a long-term effect that was seen six to nine months later.
So, yes by all means eat anything you want on Turkey Day. Why not? But most of all, as you sit down to the fabulous feast, be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life. And please know how grateful I am that you are in my life. I’m grateful that my stories come alive in my imagination in mystical ways. But the real magic happens when my readers open the books and enter the worlds I created. Talk about squaring a magical circle. Many thanks!
A few gratitude quotes to help keep your life in perspective:
“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson
And just in time for Thanksgiving, grab my two new books–at the special “I appreciate you! price: $0.99 each!
Against the Odds: Book 1; The Candidate
Desperate for campaign cash, Gia is determined to get the wealthy tech magnet to support her candidate. She insists she doesn’t want him, she just wants his money. That assertion lasts until she meets him.
State of Play: Book 2: The Candidate
When her pedophile candidate crashes and burns, Gia accepts that her life as a hotshot campaign manager is over. Given the profoundly corrupt candidate who is now a shoe-in to win, Logan challenges her to run for the office–something she swore she’d never do. When Logan refuses to take no for an answer, for better or worse, Gia concedes.
If you like smart characters, tough-talking politicos, and scorching passion, you’ll love Taylor Lee’s sizzling thrill-ride.
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USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.
In the five years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.
Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.
My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?