Gratitude ~ The Thread

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  1. Smilla

    Smilla Ordinary Human

  2. Beautiful, Smilla! I love music too, the universal language!

    Here is an inspiring video with a challenge in it for everyone to expand their practice and awareness of being grateful:

    http://youtu.be/OHxlXLDMG0Q
     
  3. uniquemand

    uniquemand Unbeliever

    The prisoners rant and rage from inside the box.
     
  4. Hi NeeKee! :biggrin: Anything else to share with us today? :)
     
  5. From: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Thankful

    How To Be Thankful
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    People with a strong sense of gratitude, love and appreciation don't necessarily have more than others; they simply recognize and see more beauty in their lives. A 2003 study suggests that people who count their blessings are generally happier and healthier than people who don't. If you ever feel as if anything in your life isn't "enough", try practicing an attitude of thankfulness. You might realize how good you have it after all.

    1. Relaxation...check.
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    Relax. It's hard to cultivate a sense of gratitude when you're angry, frustrated, or anxious. If these are issues that you struggle with, it's important to resolve them, as they're formidable barriers to thankfulness.

    2. Live in the Moment.
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    If you're too busy dwelling on the past or thinking about the future, you won't be able to fully notice how fantastic things are right now. Plus, thinking about the past and future opens the door to comparison, which is the only way you can perceive something as not good enough.

    What you have now is all that exists, and comparing that to something that doesn't exist anymore (or yet) is an easy way to foster dissatisfaction and torture yourself.

    Like the old saying goes "Past is History, Future is a Mystery and Today is Gift and hence it is called the Present". Enjoy today, this moment and don't postpone your enjoyment.

    3. Start with your senses.
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    Start with your senses. The most basic pleasures in life are usually accessible to us all the time, but they slip out of our consciousness because we get so used to them. Learn to notice the little things, and deliberately appreciate them.
    * Look around. Notice beautiful shapes, colors, and details. Notice things you normally take for granted, like sunlight reflecting off someone's hair. Think of all the little things you'd miss if you were blind. It's often the most minute joys that are missed the most.
    * Smell the roses. And the food. And the air. Recognize the smells that make you feel good: a freshly cut lawn, the air right after it rains, a fresh pot of coffee.
    * Savor your food. Eat slowly. Don't just gobble and chug. Identify flavors. Appreciate how they intermingle. Take notes from wine enthusiasts; they know how to enjoy the subtlest of flavors.
    * Appreciate the sense of touch. How do leaves, blankets, lotions feel against your skin? How many times during the day do people touch you affectionately, and you barely notice?
    * Listen to more than music. Listen when you think it's quiet, and you'll discover it's not really all that quiet. You might hear the wind, leaves rustling, kids laughing.

    4. Cherish any kind of lightheartedness in your life.
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    Cherish any kind of lightheartedness in your life. Things like laughter, affection, and playfulness are fleeting. Once a relationship has degraded so that those things don't spontaneously occur anymore, it's very hard to get them back. You might know that from experience. So treat those moments with care (especially with kids, who are at the peak of lightheartedness). Don't be the person who takes life too seriously, who doesn't have time to have fun, or who has no sense of humor.

    5. Vacationing...ah!
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    Take a vacation. There's some truth to the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder". Ideally, you shouldn't have to separate yourself from something (or someone) in order to appreciate it (that can lead to a vicious cycle). But it can be a good way to trigger your sense of gratitude just once in a while.

    6. Keep a gratitude journal.
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    Challenge yourself to write down five new things every day that you're grateful for. It'll be easy in the beginning, but soon you'll discover that you have to increase your awareness to keep on.

    7. Be More Aware. Be Mindful
    Focus on whatever you're doing. Even if you're just walking, or wiping the counter, or shuffling cards - how does it feel? There's probably some kind of commentary spinning through your mind, and it probably has to do with something other than what you're doing. Let those thoughts go and focus on what is (not what was, or what could be).

    In Buddhism, this is referred to as mindfulness. Pay attention to your senses - touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste. Pretend it's the very last time you'll ever experience whatever you're experiencing. Have you ever been so engrossed in something that it seemed like the rest of the world just disappeared? Living in the moment is about creating that state of mind at any time. Slow down, and try to savor the present.

    Smile when you wake up. You can set the tone of appreciation and awareness for the next 24 hours by simply waking up and smiling. Don't wake up with a groan and a smash of your alarm clock. There's scientific proof that the expressions that you make with your face can actually influence how you feel. In particular, true happiness is most closely tied to a Duchenne smile which involves smiling with your eyes, as well as your mouth. (http://krystalgabriel.com/2011/04/11/do-you-have-a-duchenne-smile/)

    Make Duchenne Smiles more often throughout the day~~ even at nothing at all! :biggrin:
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    Commit random, spontaneous acts of kindness. Whether it's donating 1 dollar to a fund at the pharmacy, picking up litter, or helping victims of natural disasters, keep alert in every moment of your day for some way in which you can make the world a better place. :thumbsup:

    Even the smallest thing, like complimenting someone, can bring joy. :happydance:

    It's the most spontaneous and unexpected acts of kindness that produce the greatest impact, and you can't be sensitive to those kinds of opportunities unless you're living in the moment. :clap:
     
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  6. :biggrin: SMILE BIG!!! :biggrin:

    From: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/11/30/smile-big-youre-going-to-have-a-good-long-life/

    Smile Big: You're Going To Have a Good, Long Life!

    By Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.

    "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." ~Mark Twain

    I have been interested in the art of smiling since my first graduate school paper The Biological and Maturational Development of the Smile in the Neonate. You don’t really want to know how long ago that was, but to give you a rough idea — I wrote it while wearing my bellbottoms.

    Back then I learned that infants initially smile as a type of reflex, almost as a way of getting them jump-started, but very soon afterward that grimace emerges into a social smile. They learn how to engage their caretakers, get some attention, be loved and, most importantly, survive. This means that a social smile has Darwinian value. But more than survival, a smile may be the doorway into understanding what brings us the good life.

    Researchers LeeAnne Harker and Dacher Keltner (2001) analyzed college yearbook photographs of women displaying what is known as a Duchenne smile — an honest, genuine, bona fide smile — versus a non-Duchenne smile.

    The Duchenne smile was named after Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne de Boulogne, who, speaking of Darwin, greatly influenced Darwin’s book, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

    Duchenne was a French neurologist interested in determining how the physiognomy of the face produced facial expressions, which he thought were directly linked to the soul. His investigations involved electricallt stimulating various muscles and identifying corresponding emotions. Along the way he identified a particular type of smile that engages both the zygomatic major and the orbicularis oculi — muscles that raise the corners of the mouth and cheeks, respectively. In other words, a big, genuine smile contracts the corners of our mouth and eyes.

    Proof Positive ~

    Since we humans can’t voluntarily control the outer contraction of the orbicularis oculi — the muscle that gives us the “crow’s feet” — a smile that produces uplift at the corners of the eyes is considered to be more genuine. If you only produce a smile that turns up the corners of the mouth … well, as Duchenne may have said, the source of pleasure ain’t coming from your soul. In essence, the non-Duchenne smile is contrived, whereas the genuine smile seems to emanate from a deeper connection to one’s joy.

    In the longitudinal study of Mills College graduates, Keltner and colleague LeeAnne Harker coded the smiles of 114 women who had their university yearbook photo taken sometime during 1958 and 1960. All but three of the young women smiled. However, 50 had Duchenne smiles and 61 had non-Duchenne, courtesy smiles.

    The genuine smile group were more likely to get and stay married, and had higher score evaluations of physical and emotional wellbeing. Remarkably, Keltner’s study was able to find this connection more than 30 years after the college photos were taken. As in the famous Nun Study, where essays written by young women hoping to enter a convent were analyzed for their positive phrases, these early indications of upbeat emotions had predictive validity of future wellbeing.

    In both the Nun Study and the Mills College research a measure of early positive expression, one through writing and one through smiling, determined the effect of this positivity over the lifespan. Could it really be that a paragraph or a smile expressed in young adulthood really denotes our outlook on life?

    You betcha.

    Whether expressed in an essay or a genuine smile, our future wellbeing seems predictable. This in and of itself would be interesting news, but there’s more: How intensely you smile may predict exactly how good of a life you are going to have.

    In a 2009 study entitled Smile Intensity in Photographs Predicts Longevity, researchers Ernest L. Abel and Michael L. Kruger were able to demonstrate that people with positive emotions throughout the lifespan are happier, have more stable personalities, more stable marriages, and better cognitive and interpersonal skills than those with negative emotions. But it isn’t even what they were studying was so intriguing, it was whom they studied.

    It wasn’t nuns or young women in college — it was Major League Baseball players. Data on their lives and photographs from the Baseball Register from 1952 were available for study. What the researchers found was that of the 230 images and individuals they studied, they identified the Duchenne smile, but with the addition of smile intensity — including a partial smile and no smile — as a factor. The results are in line with hosts of other studies demonstrating that positive emotions correlate with variables including mental and physical health and longevity.

    Abel and Kruger concluded that the quality and intensity of the baseball players’ smiles predicted how well they scored on the variables listed above. Most notably, how well they smiled predicted how long they lived.

    So the next time you are going to have your picture taken, smile as if your life depends on it. And if you can only give us that non-Duchenne smile of yours, then you may want to follow the wisdom of W. C. Fields, a man who knew a thing or two about making people grin: “Start every day with a smile and get it over with.”

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  7. Smilla

    Smilla Ordinary Human

  8. Gottabrain

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    I am grateful for the wonderful new friends - the real, genuine ones - that I've made this past year, and the lifelong friends and family I've been reunited and bonded with in 2011.

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  9. I'm grateful for Christmas Cookies!!! :happydance: And a little bit less grateful for yoga stretches! :biggrin: But I'm STILL grateful! :thumbsup:

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  10. O.K., I'm REALLY grateful that I'm not this kid!!! :unsure:

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  11. lotus

    lotus autonomous rebellous

    I got 4 large boxes of home made cookies, scones, fudge etcetera

    Now, at this present moment, I have nausea as I can't control my abuse of these goodies ( I am like a child) :bigcry:

    I did hide the boxes in the freezer, but the problem is that I know it, so...:biggrin:

    That is my big problem of the day -
    wich means that life is presently pretty much generous to me :wink2:
     
  12. Hope Lotus is over the tummy-ache by now :biggrin:. Moderation, folks, we've still got New Year's Celebrations ahead of us! :happydance:

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    And if it's anything like last year!!!

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    I'm grateful for good food, fun companions and fellowship at the holidays! :happydance:
     
  13. And don't forget we still have Chinese New Year's ahead of us too! :happydance:

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    So pace yourselves, folks! :biggrin:

    I'm grateful for feasting, and all the holiday goodies to eat and drink of all types! :drool: :cheers:
     
  14. And we all get to make....

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    for the New Year! :happydance:
     
  15. Okay my friends, I now present for your edification and enjoyment...and to help start us off on a good foot for the coming year of 2012...

    ...a series of steps or lessons designed to help you increase and expand your experience and sensations of gratitude. :happydance:

    "42 Day Enlightening the World with our Gifts of Gratitude Program

    "Immerse yourself in Gratitude with a new series of 42 messages designed to engage you in a social experiment in Enlightening the World with our Gifts of Gratitude."

    Why 42 days? Studies have shown that it takes more than 30 days to form new habits, to re-train you brain into new pathways.

    Please all feel free to play along, or only do the ones which appeal to you. :thumbsup: If this exercise is not meeting your needs at the time, please feel free to just skip over these posts and enjoy the rest of the thread. :) Namaste! :happydance:

    Collectively, these are known as the Gratitude Experiment, were designed by Stacy Robyn and come from here: http://www.gogratitude.com/success.html

    "Gratitude is . . .
    . . . the Master Key that opens all doors of possibility.

    Chances are you'll begin noticing the Gratitude symbol (designed by Stacy) everywhere. When you do, it's a sign that you are on the right track and a signal to tap into Gratitude.

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    Here is the short go gratitude movie that explains the gratitude symbol she designed. Click here to watch the short Go Gratitude Master Key Flash movie.: http://www.gogratitude.com/masterkey/

    WARNING!
    You may not know this yet, but as you proceed beyond this point - deep into the heart of Gratitude - your life will radically change as you begin perceiving Gratitude in all things.

    To facilitate this life-altering process, we've specially prepared a series of 42 short, inspiring and instructional "new views on Gratitude" messages which will be delivered ...one at a time...over a 42 day period. We've crafted these unique, whole-brained messages to be super easy to digest by appealing to both the left and right brain.

    As you embark upon this magical 42 day Gratitude journey, you'll learn the simple, yet powerful, science and art of using the Master Key of Gratitude to:

    * feel better instantly
    * enjoy supportive, synergistic, exciting relationships
    * increase your prosperity and abundance
    * experience vibrant health
    * know peace of mind
    * supercharge your creative juices
    * magnetize the realization of your dreams and goals
    * make a profound difference in the lives of many people

    Gratitude Experiment Update
    How many have joined so far?
    1,537,876 people have watched the Go Gratitude movie and 271,934 people from all walks of life and from 153 countries have joined the Gratitude Experiment since its launch on Nov 21, 2005.

    Since the inception of Go Gratitude and the Gratitude Experiment, we've witnessed a tidal wave of new Gratitude projects, inspired works of Gratitude art, and an overall increase in awareness of the role Gratitude plays in humanity's health, wealth and happiness.

    In fact, according to Google Trends, searches for Gratitude has nearly doubled over the last six years. We view this Gratitude fact as a healthy sign for the planet.

    So, what are you waiting for? Join the Gratitude Experiment and watch your own life be enlivened by the effects of Gratitude."

    Ready everybody? Have FUN with it! :biggrin: And Happy New Year!!!! :happydance: I'm just going to post them here in order, so that you can do them (or not) at your own pace.

    I realize that some of us are old hands at practicing gratitude, but others who are new to it may gain some benefit from working the program...
     
  16. The gratitude Experiment ~ Go Gratitude!

    Lesson One: "MASTER KEY ~ Symbols are keys to universal doors, passing through the conscious to the super-conscious by embodying patterns of nature.

    Gratitude is the Master Key opening passage for Opportunity, Abundance, and Celebration.
    Now witness this, as it is written in Gratitude:

    egg = gestation = opportunity
    spiral = growth = abundance
    circle = completion = celebration


    Go Gratitude! Imagine being given a master key, yours for all eternity, to open all doors of possibility. Rejoice, for it is so!

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    "I just wanted to say something on symbols. They are keys to a universal language that unlock doors. Don't worry if you do not know how to use...the symbol. The knowledge will come when you are ready for it. Your guides will lead you to it. I suggest taking a symbol, and meditating with it this week. There is no wrong way to use it. Love, Carol Tessier
    -UNITY SHAMBALLA GROUP"

    *feel free to pass along this knew view on Gratitude

    (c) 2005 Stacey Robyn - all rights reserved. Share freely - love passionately - Go Gratitude!
    contact us: 42@GoGratitude.org
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    This is Sweetness, adding a practice...start looking for spirals, egg shapes and swirling circular shapes in nature and everywhere you go each day...when you see one, momentarily stop mentally and think of one thing in life that you are grateful for...really savor it for just a moment, and then go on with your life. Take a moment to Celebrate your Opportunities for Abundance! You will find that the Universe will cooperate by providing many "reminders" for you to stop and be grateful throughout the day! :happydance:

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  17. Lesson Two: "DRAW - How to draw Gratitude?

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    Simple, easy, and wow! Now, go ahead...take a few minutes to spin a bit of Gratitude.

    As you enjoy the process, note how mood, balance, flow and attention will affect how Gratitude appears.

    So it IS in all matters. Go Gratitude!

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    Be careful ~ you may find yourself doodling Gratitude everywhere musing "there's just something about this symbol that draws me in..."

    "Doodling allows the unconscious to render in symbolic expression. Symbols have universal as well as personal meaning. When you are stuck for an answer to a problem or looking for creative innovation, the technique of doodling will unleash the hidden symbolic powers of the unconscious mind.

    ... Some people are prolific doodlers when they are talking on the telephone, sitting at a meeting, attending a lecture or sitting in any passive environment. This doodling can reveal important and profound information about how the person was feeling at the time, or, according to Jung, latent emotional conflicts or unexpressed feelings. In truth, no one can interpret our doodling except ourselves. Though certain symbols appear to have universal applications in the deep collective unconscious, how we experience these symbolic expressions in our own life is unique to each of us.

    Your subconscious mind is attempting to contact you all the time. It is usually blocked by habitual conscious thought patterns or emotions. It can also be drowned out by the mundane mental trivia that we repeatedly hash over. Learn to allow its conscious expression, preferably every day. "

    From: http://enchantedmind.com/html/creativity/techniques/art_of_doodling.html

    *feel free to pass along this knew view on Gratitude
    (c) 2005 Stacey Robyn - all rights reserved. share freely - love passionately - Go Gratitude!
    contact us: 42@GoGratitude.org

    Go Gratitude
    1849 e. Guadalupe Rd.
    #C101-181
    Tempe, AZ 85283

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