With Thanksgiving Eve upon us, I thought becoming “stress resistant” AND giving thanks were good ideas! 🙂
Did you know that the Pilgrims feasted after their harvest to thank God for their blessings?
When President George Washington made a proclamation in 1789 he said “…it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors…”
You see Thanksgiving isn’t simply to be thankful and grateful for stuff and people, it was designated to be thankful to God (I like to express my gratefulness for both God and the physical world around me.)
And, so how does this help you become “stress resistant”?
Dr. Robert Emmons of UC Davis is an expert in gratitude and he says there are a number of studies showing that people who express gratitude recover more quickly from serious trauma, negative events, suffering and adversity.
This is a good time to remember the five primary drivers – that is, the operating system that we live by
1.Beliefs – what we believe determines our thoughts
2. Thoughts – our thoughts determine how we feel
3. Emotions- our emotions/feelings determine our actions (if we let them…)
4. Actions- our habits and what we do give us the outcome
5. Results- the quality and outcome of our lives as based on what we do (ultimately driven by our deep seated beliefs)
If you have a habit of being grateful, even in the face of adversity, your results are more likely to be that you will heal and not have long lasting anxiety.
Being stress resistant is just ONE good thing that comes as a result of you practicing gratitude.
Don’t wait for November 26 to be thankful and grateful, do it daily for a healthier, more satisfying life.