benefits of gratitude

Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier

Happy Holidays! We here at Melita’s Table are definitely grateful for you, our friends and customers. Launching this dining concept this year was a true collaboration of teamwork and vision. We are so happy to be brining a healthy delivery food option to our community.

Giving the gift of thanks goes beyond just saying “thank you”. Gratitude has health benefits for the giver and the receiver. Gratitude helps people connect to something that is bigger than them, shifting awareness away from the individual. Gratitude allows people to appreciate what they have, instead of always wanting something more, thinking that “getting” will lead to happiness. Benefits of giving gratitude include; improves sleep, greater self-esteem, enhances empathy, increases happiness and reduces depression. This article illustrates the many benefits of gratitude and gets into the science behind each one.

A few simple ways to cultivate gratitude this season and beyond are listed below.

Pick a positive. Choose just one thing that happened during the day that was positive. Focus on that positive item and be thankful. Maybe you had a horrible day and it is challenging to find one positive occurrence, but the more you can train your mind to find the good, the more you will see the good in unexpected places.

Write a thank-you note. Make someone smile by mailing or dropping off a note of thanks. Even a note that says, “I’ve been thinking about you,” expresses gratitude and can brighten a friend’s day.

Start a gratitude journal. Create a daily practice of being thankful. Even just taking five minutes to jot down things you are thankful for, can make a difference.

Practice mindfulness. This could take the form of meditation or prayer. Taking time out to quiet your thoughts and focus on a key word or phrase, such as “kindness”, “peace”, or “love”, can calm nerves and provide a respite amid a busy day. Again, bringing focus to positive thoughts and what you are grateful for, allows for moments of non-judgment leading to a better outlook on your life, the world or anything you may be struggling with.

We are thankful for the opportunity to share our passion for good food and health with our community and we look forward to shining a positive light out into the world in 2020.

Wishing you all good things,

The Melita’s Table Team

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Melita & Kori
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