Our body’s response is an important component of an emotional reaction to any event. If you’ve ever been criticized in public and found your face heated and your heart pounding, you’ve experienced your body’s reaction to shame or humiliation.
People whose behavior is out-of-control usually report extreme, intense negative emotions. They will often fluctuate between extremes of anger, anxiety, depression and shame.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I have begun to think about gratitude and what I have to be thankful for this season. I have to tear myself away from the daily stack of catalogs we get in the mail and my list of stuff that we would like to give and receive this holiday season. But refocusing attention from what we need, want, don’t have, are lacking or missing to all that we do have can change our outlook and how we feel about ourselves and our world. Finding and focusing on that for which you are grateful can help you survive suffering or simply improve your day. The following are some quotes on gratitude that might help you get thinking about what you are grateful for this year.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer
Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more. Brother David Steindl-Rast
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. Buddha
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. H.U. Westermayer