Grateful for the Journey

Grateful for the Journey

As I reflect on the past month, one emotion keeps showing up, gratitude!

Grateful for the opportunity to see enthusiastic nurse entrepeneurs ready to launch their new careers.

Grateful to see amazing neonatal nurse leaders making a difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve.

And grateful to be present with over 10,000 nurses as they shared evidence based practice initiatives and so much more.

Yes, there was a lot of traveling, sleeping in hotel beds, and standing in exhibit halls.

But that wasn’t my focus.

Each day I chose to live gratitude and intentionally notice the good things in the world. And guess what, it was a wonderful time! Each event during this 3 week journey brought it’s own form of serendipity, a gift. Each of these gifts filled me with happiness and new found energy.

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible.

Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Research into gratitude shows an association with greater happiness.

Each day, start out with a grateful heart. Then when something happens that may not be pleasant, look for one thing that you can be grateful for in the experience.

I am Grateful for…

To help get you in the spirit of gratefulness, I’m sharing an excerpt from Amy Morin, Forbes contributor.

  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or you send a quick thank-you note to that co-worker who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.
  • Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.
  • Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a lot of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. And, in doing so, effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind.
  • Grateful people sleep better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend a few minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
  • Gratitude improves self-esteem. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance.
  • Gratitude increases mental strength.  Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.

Grateful for you!