Welcome to Day 14 of our 30 day celebration of the 5th Anniversary of
Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing, by Paula Langguth Ryan – where we’re answering 30 questions about tithing!
Can you believe it? We’re finished with week 2 of our 30 day celebration! How the month has flown! Recently I was interviewed by this awesome health writer, Kristen Stewart*, for an article on “The Health Benefits of Saying Thanks” for EverydayHealth.com
An “attitude of gratitude” can improve physical and emotional health. Incorporate more thankfulness into your life not just during holidays, but every day.
Kristen Stewart starts by asking an important question: We all know exercising and eating a healthy diet are good for our bodies, but how many people realize practicing an attitude of gratitude can improve our health as well? Once she explores the science of how gratitude improves your health, she delves into the steps we can take to make gratitude a part of our lives, from yours truly. The first step is to understand that it’s much more than saying thanks for something nice that happened to us or celebrating on Thanksgiving — it’s a whole way of looking at the world.
“Feeling gratitude is a sense of what I would call appreciation, wonder, and thankfulness for what has occurred in our lives and what is going on right now, an eager anticipation of what is to come,” says Paula Langguth Ryan of Boulder, Colo., author of Giving Thanks, The Art of Tithing. “It’s being present to the wonders and joys of life as it is, without wanting it to be different, and a sense of fulfillment that comes from within, from seeing the good — or the potential for good — in every situation.”
One example? Re-frame your thinking. “I recommend folks do ‘I am grateful’ or ‘thank you’ statements for everything that goes on in their lives, as it gets them into the habit of not judging,” says Ryan. “Years ago when someone I was really into decided to stop dating me, that very evening of the breakup I created a gratitude list of 25 things I was grateful for in the short time we dated. That shifted me out of feeling abandoned and unworthy and into feeling blessed for the new things I’d learned about myself, new ways of relating to another, and the new experiences I’d had during that time.”
Click HERE to read the entire article and leave Kristen a comment! (Having been a freelance writer in my younger days, it will warm her heart if you share how grateful you are for her article!)
Peace and prosperity,
Paula Langguth Ryan
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*Kristen Stewart is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, lifestyle, and parenting issues. She has written for a variety of publications, ranging from Parenting and Parents to AARP: The Magazine. Prior to going freelance she worked as a senior editor at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute. She lives near Princeton, N.J.