The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means gratefulness, grace, or graciousness. In other words, gratitude is the appreciation that a person either receives or that a person gives. When we express gratitude many of us do it in a tangible manner – we give someone a hug, or we write a thoughtful letter expressing our happiness / thankfulness. Or, perhaps, we give someone a gift or throw them a surprise party. In order to truly express gratitude it requires that we connect with something larger than ourselves as individuals and recognize the graciousness that lies outside of ourselves.
The holiday season and, in particular Thanksgiving, is a cherished holiday based on traditions full of shared family recipes and large gatherings filled with friends and loved ones. This is the time of year when we express our gratitude to our friends, family, and community by gift giving, hosting gatherings and attending parties. The one commonality is that most of this gratitude is tangible – it is material and can be touched. For many of us, we will continue to express gratitude through gift giving, but perhaps this year it will be over a virtual call. During this unusual time, it gives us poise to reflect on gratitude and how intangible gratitude can also be fulfilling.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault, freelance writer
Helping combat anxiety and depression
Often times, intangible aspects of our lives are taken for granted. We see the sun rise and smile, but do we really appreciate what the rising sun does? It gives every plant and animal on earth life. It provides us the warmth we seek when we go on vacation to the beach. The sun is a source of vitamin D and influences serotonin levels – helping combat anxiety and depression. Something as simple as the sun rising has a profound influence on our lives, but why do we not show more appreciation towards the sun and other intangible objects in nature? The answer for many of us can be complex but giving thanks and showing gratitude makes us happier and we should all do it more!
Feeling and expressing gratitude turns our mental focus to the positive, which can create a healthy balance for our brain’s natural tendency to focus on worries, concerns, threats, and other undesirable aspects of life. Gratitude breeds positive thinking and creates optimistic emotions and feelings of joy, love, serenity, and satisfaction. Cultivating gratitude can loosen the grip of negative emotions and unlock positive cycles of thinking. For example, it’s very easy to dwell and point out the negative in situations but practicing gratitude and seeking positivity shifts your focus. This shift away from the negative and to the positive is particularly important this year. We all recognize that 2020 has been challenging in many ways, so the endless benefits of practicing are even more important for creating a positive and fulfilling life.
Gratitude journaling can be rewarding and considerably impact your well-being.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie,
Often times, simple pleasures are taken for granted. Take a moment or two right now to reflect on what you are truly thankful for.
- Is it your ability to enjoy a warm cup of coffee and listen to the birds chirp outside your window?
- Is it singing to your favorite song or going for a late afternoon jog?
- Maybe it’s sharing a laugh and catching up with a longtime friend over the phone.
- Perhaps it’s simply appreciating the quiet around you.
Communicating what and who you are grateful for can help us all feel a little more connected
An International Bestselling Author, Lifestyle and Leadership Coach and speaker, Tris Thorp is one of today’s leading experts in the field of personal growth and leadership development. Having spent a decade traveling the world, being trained by and sharing the stage with Dr. Deepak Chopra in the field of social emotional learning, consciousness and mindfulness-based practices, Tris has a real gift for integrating the ancient spiritual teachings with modern-day science and mindfulness to help people all over the world let go of their past and create an empowered new future.
During her tenure at the Chopra Center, Tris apprenticed under the Chopra Center’s co-founder Dr. David Simon, co-facilitating the Healing the Heart and Emotional Freedom workshops alongside him. Prior to his passing in 2012, Dr. Simon appointed Tris as the person to carry on his teachings in the field of emotional healing. In addition, Tris was fortunate to be mentored by the late Debbie Ford prior to her passing in 2013, which is where she continued her extensive studies of the unconscious mind and concepts of the persona and shadow. After the loss of her two mentors, Tris went on to become certified through the Ford Institute as a coach specializing in Shadow Work and reconciling mental and emotional issues stemming from past experiences. She continues to share the gifts of emotional healing and facilitating this work in the footsteps of her former mentors.
Tris is the International bestselling author of Healing Your Heart: Rewrite Your Story with Awareness and Intention. A guide book to understanding your emotions, how we create our story and workable tools and techniques to heal from the past, Healing Your Heart stewards you through the process of releasing mental and emotional baggage, forgiving yourself and others, setting and enforcing boundaries and consciously communicating your needs in a loving and effective way so you can be who you’re meant to be, do the things you want to do and have all that you deserve to have in this life.
Tris is also the co-author of bestseller Mental and Emotional Release® with Dr. Matt James. Written in a language both professionals and non-professionals can understand, Mental and Emotional Release® offers real life case studies, an overview of MER and its foundation, step by step scripts to follow, and clinical efficacy studies comparing MER to other therapies.
Clearly in her dharma, Tris’s passion and dedication to gently guide people on their inward journey through personal growth is evident in her work as a Lifestyle and Leadership coach, Trainer of Mental and Emotional Release and workshop facilitator. She teaches various courses on leadership development, personal empowerment, social emotional learning and higher states of consciousness – both in online courses and her certification programs, live workshops, VIP retreats and 1-1 clients.
Tris Thorp is Board Certified by the Association of Integrative Psychology as a Trainer of Mental and Emotional Release ®, Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnosis, and Mental and Emotional Release ®, a Certified Reiki Master, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Tris is devoted to inspiring and empowering others to cultivate and maintain mindfulness-based lifestyle practices that lead to greater clarity, purpose and fulfillment. Through one-on-one coaching, online programs and live events, Tris specializes in helping people to fully release negative emotions, limiting beliefs and unconscious patterns, enabling them to make quantum leaps into the life they are truly meant to be living.