Gratitude reduces stressAt Massage Therapy Center, we get a first hand experience of the stress that our clients experience in their daily lives. Whether it be from difficult external circumstances, or negative states of mind, the damaging effects of stress on the body take a toll on your health, relationships, and enjoyment of life.

The practice of gratitude, the state of mind of thankfulness, is an easy technique that can diffuse stress from negativity and dissatisfaction, replacing it with a sense of acceptance and appreciation for what is good in your life. Numerous studies suggest that grateful people are more likely to have higher levels of happiness and lower levels of stress and depression.

It’s Important to Practice Daily

With discoveries over the past two decades about brain neuroplasticity, we now know that with regular practice of new behaviors, we generate and strengthen new neural pathways. We can make changes that profoundly alter the pattern of response to our experience. So the important thing is to practice gratitude every day, and over time you will develop a new focus of attention—a greater sense of appreciation for everything and everyone in your life!

Simple Ways to Cultivate Gratefulness

  • Appreciate people. Tell them, leave a note, send an email. Thank them for their love or support, for what you value about them, the ways they inspire you, the efforts they make that may go unnoticed, their kindness or thoughtfulness. Spend a day doing it with everyone you come in contact with, and see how you feel.
  • Try a day with no complaining and only gratefulness. When you notice yourself grumbling about something negative, think of several related things for which you are grateful.
  • Keep a gratitude journal and write daily. It can be as simple as recording one thing you’re grateful for each night before you go to bed. This can be wonderful to read later, should you need a reminder of the good things in your life.

Be Grateful to Your Body!

Practicing self-care is the way we show our bodies that we are grateful for all they do to support our life. Eating healthy food; getting adequate exercise, rest and relaxation; cultivating positive states of mind; and receiving regular, aware touch all nourish our bodies with the essentials for health and happiness.

At Massage Therapy Center, every day we are graced with the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of our wonderful clients. We are grateful to be able to do this healing work.

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