Gratitude and Resilience Go Hand in Hand

‘Gratitude and Resilience go hand in hand’. Being grateful for these wondrous Autumnal colours can sometimes appear difficult when the world is currently faced with so much negativity and rapid change.  Many businesses are experiencing significant cuts in profitability, possible closure; many individuals are losing jobs, livelihoods and security.  

It is not an easy thing to build a sense of resilience when confronted with such apparent, and overwhelming odds. One thing though for sure, is that if we allow ourselves to be overpowered by events then all choices and possibilities can be temporarily unavailable to us. 

Mariska Hargitay (Actress) says “I am grateful that I didn’t let fear get the best of me. It only holds you back from possibilities and greatness” 

Gratitude at every level in life is probably one of the most significant qualities a human being can practise. It can be a great tool to enhance personal wellbeing at work and home.  It can help to bring harmony, balance and softness back into a seemingly harsh and lonely world. It won’t get rid of your problems, but it will help people view and relate to them in a more positive way perhaps gently opening up chinks of possibility and choices, which may just guide you into a more hopeful, productive and resilient future. 

As Rick Hanson (Psychologist and Author) explains in his article, Take in the Good, when people tilt towards the good and towards more positive experiences these will then eventually add up over time collecting in implicit memory deep down in the brain strengthening an individual’s capacity to perceive what is good around them and within them. He says taking in the good is a “brain-science savvy and psychologically skilful way to improve how you feel, to get things done and enhance how you treat others.  It is among the top five personal growth methods I know.”  

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – Proverb

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According to in their article Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety and Grief,  McCraty and colleagues (1998), in one of their studies on gratitude and appreciation, found that participants who practised being grateful, experienced not only a reduction in stress and the stress hormone, cortisol, but also improved cardiac functioning. In addition, they also demonstrated more resilience to emotional and negative setbacks. 

As Robin Sharma (Canadian writer on Stress Management) puts it:

“Gratitude drives happiness. Happiness boosts productivity. Productivity reveals mastery. And mastery inspires the world”.

Lead trainer, Bonnie Roberts, from Positive Consultancy Ltd  runs workshops in Stress Reduction and Resilience through Mindfulness  training, for Businesses and Organisations. More information to be found  here.

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