In this edition of Juicy Bites we share:
- A story of gratitude from Naomi Shihab Nye
- Brené Brown shares the importance of having a tangible gratitude practice
- How gratitude affects the brain
- How to transform angst into thanks
- Six habits of highly grateful people
At the end of this post, we encourage you to join us for a conversation.
1. Gate 4-A by Naomi Shihab Nye via Gratefulness.org
Wandering poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, offers comfort to a disoriented traveler, and admires the openness it stirs in an otherwise hectic airport.
“This is the world I want to live in. The shared world."-- Naomi Shihab Nye
2. Brené Brown on joy and gratitude via UMCSH
In twelve years of research, Brené Brown never interviewed a person who described themselves as joyful, or their lives as joyous, who didn't actively practice gratitude. In this video Brené offers a few tips on how to cultivate more joy in your own life and how gratitude has transformed her family.
"Practicing gratitude invites joy into our lives." --Brené Brown
3. The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier via Daily Good
This is quite fascinating. In one study, participants who kept a gratitude journal felt happier, exercised longer, and reported fewer health complaints than participants who kept a journal of their hassles.
"A growing body of research shows that gratitude is truly amazing in its physical and psychosocial benefits." --Drs. Blair and Rita Justice
4. Thanks for the Angst by Wendi Knox via Maria Shriver
It can be hard to practice gratitude when you're struggling, as Wendi Knox knows from recent experience. In this article she shares tips to "transform angst into thanks."
“There’s so much we can’t control in life. But we can control how we look at it. I’ve found that the most powerful way to get through difficult situations is to find the gift in our struggles.” --Wendi Knox
5. Six Habits of Highly Grateful People via Greater Good
Here is some helpful advice if you are already great at being grateful.
"Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff." --Jeremy Adam Smith