2009-08-14 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

An Attitude Of Gratitude
By Dr. Nancy Gahles

An attitude of gratitude is an actual healthcare treatment that can affect the emotional wounds as well as those of mind and body. A colleague of mine, the famous cardiologist Mimi Guarneri, in her book, The Heart Speaks, talks about an attitude of gratitude as one of the predictors of heart health.

Gratitude, feeling grateful, is total relaxation. It is the feeling we get when we bask in the warm sunshine of a beautiful day. Gratitude is the feeling we have that we are able to experience the goodness of life.

An attitude of gratitude is healing because you can feel the relaxation that it brings when you are conscious of all the gifts life has to offer and the understanding that they are yours for the taking.

Just as in the garden plots we have so carefully planted and tended, there comes the time of ripeness when you rejoice in the fruits of your labor and delightedly pick them and make a feast of them.

Attitudes are readily seen in physical bodily postures. Tension is a visual signal that is easily picked up from another person's posture. Attitudes are also picked up in the tone of voice when a person speaks to you.

People who are grateful for their lives and who actualize their potential are those whom we say have "good vibes" when we meet them. They exude an attitude of peace and carry themselves with a relaxed posture. An attitude of gratitude.

It's a conscious choice each and every moment to live in the present and to be thankful for that moment. It is as simple as that. And that's the key. Simplicity. Take a look at nature all around us. I am always astonished by the way in which nature unfolds. I planted seeds and have been watching my tomato plants grow. I didn't even have to water them much because there has been so much rain. They just flourish in their own way in response to the environmental influences, earth, air, water and fire (sun). I also give my plants an attitude of gratitude every day as I groom them, pick out the weeds and make sure they are growing straight and tall. That's the chiropractor in me. Posture is important in plants as well. They need to climb, unencumbered, in the direction of the sky and take in all the sunlight they can. So do we. We are a part of nature just the same as the plants are. We often forget that. We forget that when we relax and let nature take its course, we will grow and be abundant as well.

It's all about attitude. It's your personal view of how you see the world. And that is in your control. You can see the glass as half empty or you can see the glass as half full. You can be grateful or remorseful. You can bear fruit or you can be barren. It is as simple as that. Simplicity is the key.

An attitude of gratitude is a healing treatment. Treat yourself to one. Affordable health care at its best!

May The Blessings Be!

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