Appreciation: Well Being Through Gratefulness
Stressed? Depressed? Frustrated? Worried? Longing? All of these feelings are common in our lives. What do you do when they seem to last too long? What do you do when you just want to feel better or help another feel better?
One method is “Honoring and Appreciation.” Take moments throughout your day to stop, check in with your surroundings and your body. Take stock of what you see, what you have and where you are. Choose one (at least) and say how and why you are grateful. For example, “I am grateful that my body is healthy and allows me to experience this beautiful day.”
When you want to brighten up someone’s life, really appreciate them for something. Make a point to pull them aside, look them in the eyes and say what you appreciate about them (“I appreciate that you exercise and take care of your body.”). Do this for your spouse and watch the love, connection and passion grow between you. Do this for a child and marvel as their behavioral issues become non-issues.
If you are the one who is receiving an appreciation be sure to accept it fully. Listen to see if your mind tries to negate it with a comment like, “No I’m not a very good cook. He’s just saying that.”
Many families make a point of saying what each is person is grateful for each night before dinner. Take a moment to be quiet, reflect on your day and say aloud what you are thankful for. Make this a regular practice and watch yourself become more loving, less stressed and happier.
Each day this month, make a point to be thankful for someone or something that you appreciate.
Dr. Rick Schlussel is a Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist providing preventive health care, treatment for pain and injuries, holistic health assessments and a variety of natural therapies. He can be reached at Presence Wellness Center and Spa at 530-889-0388 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org