We’re Thankful for You

November officially starts the holiday season for many people around the world. Thanksgiving, and the holiday season in general, is centered around being grateful and spending time with family and friends. But, it is also one of the most stressful times of the year for some people for varying reasons. If you find yourself subjected to stress and pressure, use the power of being grateful to help you combat and conquer any negative feelings.

A white paper published by the Greater Good Science Center has this to say, “…studies have examined possible connections between gratitude and various elements of psychological well-being. In general, more grateful people are happier, more satisfied with their lives, less materialistic, and less likely to suffer from burnout. Additionally, some studies have found that gratitude practices, like keeping a “gratitude journal” or writing a letter of gratitude, can increase people’s happiness and overall positive mood.”

Dr. Robert Emmons, a psychologist and scientific researcher, has discovered that people who carry an attitude of gratitude experience better health, more pleasant lives, and stronger relationships than those who are more negative and unappreciative. He has written several books on the subject, including “Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity” (2013), and “The Psychology of Gratitude” (2004). Here is an article that goes in depth into his work on the topic.

As you wind down your day with a nice hot bath enhanced by one of our wonderfully scented bath bombs, take time to be grateful for the more positive aspects of your life. Bring a journal with you and jot down something good that you may possibly take for granted, like being able to breathe, or having a place to live. No matter your present situation, there is something about your life for which you can be grateful. Close your eyes, give thanks and take care of yourself!