I will conclude this month by looking at The Power of Love from an emotional, spiritual and self-care perspective.
One of the things I love about the heart is that it takes care of itself so it can take care of us. Our heart gives us a road map of healthy behaviors to increase the quality of our lives. I think if we can have an appreciation for what our hearts do for us perhaps we will treat them better. This is one of the favorite articles I have written about the heart. It talks about the exquisiteness of the heart – a metaphor for life. (http://www.healthydaes.com/blog/2012/02/13/the-exquisite-heart-as-a-metaphor-for-life )
You know that I use mindfulness as one of the tools to treat people. Medical research has started to discover how creating loving habits can actually heal our bodies. This article shows that people who kept gratitude journals actually reduced their risk of heart disease. This is such amazing news! Check it out! (http://www.healthydaes.com/blog/2015/12/12/expressing-gratitude-is-linked-to-reducing-heart-disease-risk ).
Gratitude has been shown to shown to help more than just heart health. The University of California, Berkeley has studied over 1,000 people who have been keeping gratitude journals. They have found that gratitude brings the following benefits:
- Stronger immune systems
- Fewer aches and pains
- Lower blood pressure
- Greater inclination to exercise and take better care of your health
- More sleep and feeling more refreshed upon waking
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- More alertness, aliveness, and awakeness
- More joy and pleasure in life
- More optimism and happiness
- Becoming more helpful, generous, and compassionate
- More forgiveness
- A more outgoing attitude
- Less loneliness and isolation
So let’s make gratitude part of the love we give to ourselves and to our loved ones.
Love can show up as having gratitude for anything or everything in your life. If you want to create more gratitude in your life I recommend that you sign up for my FREE 30 days of gratitude to improve your health and attitude challenge.(http://bit.ly/30DaysGratitudeDrDae)
This month has been all about love! Every month should be that way!
To Your One Sweet Life,