The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.
But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.
All families have qualities that make them unique. A family usually consists of related people who care for one another, whether a particular family is a nuclear family, a step-family, a single parent family, or an empty nest. . Regardless of composition, all families need to be nurtured and strengthened from time to time. Families can cultivate strong bonds by creating a foundation revolving around 6 characteristics.
Commitment serves as a foundation for strong family relationships. Strong families are dedicated to the well-being and happiness of all members.
Commitment means that:
- each family member is precious.
- forgiveness is readily available.
- priorities must be established.
- some sacrifices must be made.
- common goals must be shared.
- traditions are established and maintained.
The other day, a meditation teacher shared an inspiring story to the class. The basic jest of it was that we all can make a difference in the world, and it just takes one small step. Overtime, the small steps that you take, can make a huge impact on the lives of others.
Here’s that inspiring story.
“Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother you must come see the daffodils before they are over.” I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. “I will come next Tuesday,” I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call.
On Tuesday after about a twenty minute drive from my daughter’s home we turned into a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church I saw a hand -lettered sign “Daffodil Garden.” We got out of the car and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped.
Gratitude has been linked to happiness for good reasons.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln established the national holiday of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. He created this holiday to give “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
Giving thanks was also rooted within the Native American culture through their festivals and daily rituals. They gave thanks for all the gifts of life and for unknown blessings already on their way.
The Bible expresses the power of gratitude in the following verse , “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7 NKJV)