Gratitude supports health. Just think about that slight smile and feeling of warmth that comes from a mutually nourishing conversation, a satisfying meal when we are hungry, or just some time alone to reflect on the small or very big gifts in our lives. These blessings can change our emotions which, according to Chinese medicine, affect our internal organs. We can look at our well-being like a garden where the plantings have either a dry, rocky soil or a moist and fertile one. Just as in the healthy garden, gratitude gives the cells in our body a moist and fertile environment to do what they need to do in order to stay healthy or even heal.
If you have not had a chance to allow gratitude to enter your mind and heart on Thanksgiving Day yesterday, be sure to find a few peaceful moments today. Sit with a cup of tea before the whirlwind of the holiday season comes in full force. What you focus on grows, so choose your thoughts wisely. It may mean the difference between sickness and health. Cultivating a ‘gratitude attitude’ will change your life!