Category: GratiTuesday

GratiTuesday – August 20th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ GratiTuesday Greetings! What’s news with gratitude? Turns out gratitude made the news in a recent Thrive Global post by its Founder and CEO, Arianna Huffington: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/arianna-huffington-small-miracle-practicing-gratitude/ The title of the piece is “The Small Miracle of Gratitude; There’s practically nothing it can’t do.” It’s true.

“Gratitude is such a light-sounding word for an emotion that’s so powerful. But there’s a reason why it shares the same Latin root — gratus — as the word grace. Living in a state of gratitude is our gateway to grace — and a vital part of our well-being.” Arianna Huffington, Founder/CEO Thrive Global

In numerous studies gratitude has been shown to:

  • improve sleep
  • lower levels of stress
  • relieve depression
  • improve heart health
  • reduce materialism
  • increase generosity
  • inspire healthier eating
  • reduce loneliness
  • motivate employees

“Gratitude is such a light-sounding word for an emotion that’s so powerful. But there’s a reason why it shares the same Latin root — gratus — as the word grace. Living in a state of gratitude is our gateway to grace — and a vital part of our well-being.”

Arianna Huffington, Founder/CEO Thrive Global

What’s more, there are countless ways to practice gratitude. Peruse the article and internal links for more details. Keep in mind, there is no “one way” to bring gratitude into your everyday experience. It is the regular practice of gratitude – how ever you choose to do so – which creates these small (and possibly not so small) miracles in our lives.

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful now for life’s simple pleasures. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ______________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #ariannahuffington #thriveglobal

GratTuesday – August 13th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ It’s GratiTuesday! Every now and then I come across a song that lights me up. A few days ago I stumbled upon this gem by India. Arie entitled “I Am Light.” In this performance on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday [http://www.SuperSoul.TV], she shares that the lyrics reflect the truth of who we all are. “I’m not the mistakes that I have made, Or any of the things that caused me pain, I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind, I am light, I am light.”

I found the message of this song to be a potent re-minder of that truth, and I am grateful to be able to offer it to you all here: https://youtu.be/OL-gxfx2QtY

I’m not the mistakes that I have made
Or any of the things that caused me pain
I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind
I am light, I am light”

“I am light” by India.Arie

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful for musical re-minders. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ___________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #Oprah #SuperSoulSunday #indiaarie

GratiTuesday – August 6th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday! Yes, there’s an app for that. Late last year Gratitude Circle, a new tech startup, launched a social media empowerment app and positivity platform by Najma Khorrami, MPH. Check out this informative video featuring Ms. Khorrami speaking about her background and vision: https://youtu.be/wuM-KxXFVnI

As many of you know, jumping at new apps, games, etc., is not my typical M.O. However, a Gratitude app? Hello! I’m in. Who’s with me? Find me: Laurel Kilbourn. Oh and you might be interested in Ms. Khorrami’s blog: http://www.gogratitudecircle.com/

The Gratitude Circle app – available for download through the Apple store and Google Play store for iPhone and Android – invites users to inspire and uplift each other through person-to-person or group posts and, in return, receive the empowering bounce experienced from expressing gratitude. “The power of our technology lies in what psychologists see as one of the most potent predictors of human happiness: appreciation,” says Ms. Khorrami.

The power of our technology lies in what psychologists see as one of the most potent predictors of human happiness: appreciation.”

Najma Khorrami/MPH, Founder – Gratitude Circle

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media siteperhaps Gratitude Circle! It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful for circles of gratitude. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #gratitudecircle #gogratitude #NajmaKhorrami

GratiTuesday – July 30th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Hello GratiTuesday! Do you have a green thumb? My thumbs may have numerous talents; gardening is not among them. However, many of my dear friends grow glorious gardens. I am always grateful for their generous gifts of food and flowers.

Whether we enjoy gardening or not, nature inspires gratitude all on its own. Consider cultivating your own – actual or metaphorical – Gratitude Garden with these practical steps offered by Forrest Webber (yes, that is his real name!) at: https://yardsurfer.com/practice-gratitude-garden/
1. Place a Gratitude Symbol in Your Garden
2. Recite words of gratitude (favorite quotes) while walking through your garden
3. Plant a Gratitude Gift in Your Outdoor Space
4. Host a Gratitude Event This Year in Your Outdoor Space

If these things fail… stay calm and keep gardening.” ~ Forrest Webber

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful for family-farm-grown produce. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: __________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #forrestwebber #gardens #gardening #gratitudegarden

GratiTuesday – July 23rd

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ It’s Gratituesday! Have you ever considered the cultural implications of gratitude? Well, you’re not alone. Not many have, until about ten years ago, when Jonathan Tudge, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and perhaps the foremost expert on cultural differences in gratitude began to explore this topic. Turns out our culture shapes how we express gratitude. [https://gratefulness.org/resource/how-cultural-differences-shape-your-gratitude/]

A 2011 study revealed that the value ‘individualist cultures’ place on self-improvement and personal agency bolsters the efforts of this cohort to become more satisfied. On the other end of the spectrum, the pursuit of enhanced personal well-being is de-emphasized in ‘collectivist cultures’ which place less value upon self-focus or individual goals. “Giving and receiving help is an expected part of daily life for members of collectivist cultures, rather than an uplifting surprise, as may be the case for those from individualist cultures,” writes researcher Lilian J. Shin and her colleagues in their forthcoming study. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4394986/]

At a time when (our American) society seems to be more about me me me, we really need to get people thinking about connections,” says Professor Tudge.

Across cultures it appears that attitudes and expressions of gratitude link our perceptions of ‘the self’ with its relation to that of ‘others.’ Ultimately, gratitude is a skill we learn within our culture to strengthen our relationships, our connections with one another. “At a time when (our American) society seems to be more about me me me, we really need to get people thinking about connections,” says Professor Tudge. For this reason, Tudge suggests that there may be more to gratitude than simply using it to boost your happiness score. Consider recipricating kindness as an ideal moral virtue; that the expression of gratitude can be a method for ‘paying it forward’, which then naturally leads us to feeling more connected.

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful to pay it forward. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ________________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #culturalawareness #jonathantudge

GratiTuesday – July 16th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday Earthlings! This week we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing. Mankind’s giant leap was not simply leaping from the earth to the moon. This awe-inspiring endeavor required giant leaps of commitment in tackling a seemingly impossible task; giant leaps forward in our technological prowess, and most poignant – giant leaps of faith in our capacity to realize our dreams. We proved that we can do anything… together.

In appreciation of this momentous achievement, I thought you all might like to perform a Full Moon Gratitude Ceremony tonight. For more information about how to do this visit “The Moon School” website for Katherine Anne Lee’s step by step suggestions to mark your own celebration: http://www.themoonschool.org/archives/589

“By expressing genuine gratitude, we are opening up the energetic channels for more movement through our lives,” confirms Kat. It’s true. It’s true. It’s true.

By expressing genuine gratitude, we are opening up the energetic channels for more movement through our lives.”

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful now to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: __________________________________________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #moonshot #moonlanding #nasa

GratiTuesday – July 9th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy hot and steamy GratiTuesday. I do love this season of hot, humid. Yeah, I know, y’all think I been out too long in the sun; baked my brain. Perhaps. Truth is I am completely full up with gratitude to now live by the ocean and nearby my families – born and built.

Seeking meditations on gratitude for the summer season we return to the words of Jack Kornfield, Buddhist Monk and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society. In his book, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace, he writes, “Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small, an appreciation of the moments of good fortune that sustain our life every day.” He begins this essay describing a common element between several spiritual practices: gratitude, which turns out to be the touchstone for joy and compassion. This piece also offers a guided meditation that begins with self and extends to all beings everywhere. For more of his “Meditation on Gratitude,” visit http://www.allcreation.org/home/meditation-kornfield or jackkornfield.com.

Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small, an appreciation of the moments of good fortune that sustain our life every day.”

~ Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful for beach days! Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: __________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #jackkornfield #insightmeditation

GratiTuesday – July 2nd

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ It is GratiTuesday and Day 2 of National Ice Cream Month! Believe it or not, National Ice Cream Day is an official holiday. Representative Kika de la Garza of Texas and Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky sponsored joint resolutions in the House and Senate for these celebrations. President Ronald Reagan signed this important piece of legislation into law on July 9, 1984, whereupon he called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ice_Cream_Month]

Not only is ice cream recognized by the U.S. government as a tasty treat, it has also become the go-to reward and celebration for personal and professional accomplishments. National Ice Cream Day falls on Sunday, July 21 this year. Go forth and enjoy your favorite scoop of frozen deliciousness. After all, it is the law of land.

President Ronald Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe National Ice Cream Month with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful for ice cream! Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #nationalicecreammonth

GratiTuesday – June 25th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday at Work! Continuing with this month’s #wellbeingatwork theme, I am inspired to share an effective model of gratitude-in-action at the workplace. Om in the Office’s client, Casenet, is fully committed to the wellbeing of their employees. In addition, to partnering with us for on-site chair yoga sessions, we recently spied this shining example of employee engagement: Recognition and acknowledgement of colleague contributions, prominently displayed as a Kudos Board. Pretty cool, huh?

Turns out employees feel happier and more fulfilled when they express gratitude (appreciation, recognition, acknowledgment) with their colleagues, as evidenced in a 2013 study conducted at The John Templeton Foundation. Yeah, the benefits of gratitude in the workplace have been known for some time. What’s more, employees that are regularly recognized by their supervisors report greater self-worth and self-efficacy. Gratitude expressed in the workplace increases trust and teamwork, reduces stress while increasing stress resiliency, and greater satisfaction with life – on and off the clock.

“Thank you” doesn’t cost a dime, and it has measurable beneficial effects.”

Bottom line, #gratitudemattersatwork.

For more information about integrating gratitude into your company culture, consider looking over this ‘how-to’ article by Jeremy Adam Smith, “Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work” [https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_cultivate_gratitude_at_work].

Please share your company’s gratitude initiatives with us!

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful to share inspired action. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ______________________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #employeewellbeingmonth #gratitudematters #gratitudemattersatwork #corporateculturematters #kudos

GratiTuesday – June 18th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday! Turns out we can overuse the phrase ‘thank you’ to such a degree that it becomes rote… meaningless; even when we truly mean it.

Jeff Hayden, contributing editor at Inc. published an article, “Start Using 2 Words Instead of ‘Thank You’ and You Can Strengthen Relationships, Reduce Stress, and Savor Positive Experiences,” [https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/stop-saying-thank-you-start-saying-these-2-words-you-can-strengthen-relationships-reduce-stress-savor-positive-experiences.html?cid=sf01002] that addresses this very issue. Instead of the standard thanks, consider offering, ‘I’m grateful.’

This slight turn of phrase is highly effective when it is followed by a few thoughtful words describing specifically why you are grateful. For example, ‘I’m grateful you took the time to double check those figures; freed me up to proof our presentation slides.’

Sincere communication of appreciation goes a long way toward effectively connecting with others.

Genuine recognition rewards effort and accomplishment, reinforces positive behaviors, builds self-esteem and confidence, and boosts motivation and enthusiasm. You feel better about your effort. You feel better about yourself.”

You feel better and so do those with whom you share your gratitude… both at work and in every other area of your life experience.

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM grateful for #employeewellbeingmonth. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ____________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #omintheoffice #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #yogateaandchocolateworkshops #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #employeewellbeingmonth #gratitudematters #gratitudemattersatwork #corporateculturematters

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