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As we pass by Thanksgiving, what better time to focus a Sunset Clarity segment around the concept of gratitude? Thankfulness can and should last beyond the fourth Thursday of this month. And, when thoughtfully practiced, gratitude can majorly benefit your wellbeing.

Experts say that demonstrating gratitude can lead to an improved mood and increased satisfaction with life. It can add moments of joy and happiness to your days. However, the benefits don’t stop there. Gratitude doesn’t just affect people mentally and emotionally--it can have an actual physical effect. Those who regularly practice gratitude experience better sleep, stronger immune systems, and lower blood pressure.

The benefits of gratitude are clear. But what are the best ways to build it into your daily life? It goes beyond saying “thank you” daily. Many people find one of the following four practices worthwhile.

  1. Keep a gratitude journal. Each day, write down two or three things you’re grateful for. Just a few minutes spent reflecting can help you keep gratitude front of mind all day long.

  2. Write gratitude letters. Twice a month, choose one person you’re thankful for, and write them a letter. Not only does this help you stay grateful—it's a way to spread joy to others.

  3. Practice meditation. Each day, take time to close your eyes and breathe deeply. Think about the blessings in your life, and carry those grateful thoughts with you beyond your meditation practice.

  4. Make statements of gratitude part of your routine. And this doesn’t have to stop with thanking other people. Express gratitude to tools and other objects that serve you well—while this may feel silly at first, it won’t take long for you to notice the difference it can make.

It’s no secret that gratitude isn’t always easy. The holidays are approaching, and while this time of year is joyful for some, many people find it to be a struggle. Still, persevering and staying grateful can help—and when things start to seem bleak, we hope it helps to remember that we here at Weathering Rainbows Media are grateful for you and for the light you add to this world.


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