The Healing Power of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends & family! This year we will celebrate Thanksgiving quite differently than previous years so I thought I would start a new tradition, new beginning and nourish my soul by writing my first newsletter. Thank you to each & everyone of you who have been a part of my journey this past year. We may not talk everyday but each and every one of you matters to me!
We may need to put more effort into practicing gratitude because of the pandemic, practicing self-distancing while celebrating our blessings! Its my hope this newsletter brightens your day and makes you smile! Remember we are in this together and will get through this!

Creating New Pathways
Always remember, whether we are conscious of it or not we are either reinforcing old neural pathways or are making new healthy ones. It has been scientifically proven that practicing gratitude changes our brain chemistry and releases endorphins, the feel-good drug. One way to uplift your mood is to start keeping a gratitude journal.
Any progress, no matter how small, is worthy of being celebrated. By writing things down you will have the capability to reread your journal & reminded how far you have come. Life is much easier when our focus is on what we can do instead of what we cannot. Start making a big deal of the little things!

Taking Action

Every day for a week, write down at least three things you are grateful for. I made it a bit more challenging and upped the number to 10.

Make someone smile!

Say thank you out loud to yourself even when you don’t mean it.

I promise you all these works. For or about the first year after my accident I had no hand function, only a tenodesis grip and certainly could not bend over to pick anything up. One day I dropped a bottle of pills & I immediately found myself becoming overly frustrated. With my quadriplegic hands I picked up my Reacher and with each pill I picked up I said, “thank you”. Eventually my feelings caught up to my actions and my frustration was alleviated. By the time I got to the last pill I was giggling to myself.
Remember you have power over how you choose to react and even what you choose to focus on. I Challenge you to focus on the good! Thank you for all your love & support this past year and being a part of my life! I will close now but first want to share the prayer that changed my life forever….
“Thank you, Father, for all that you have given me. Thank you, Father, for all that you have taken from me, thank you for all that you have left me.”

Have a great day and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Shelly

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