Scientific research says that one of the key ingredients to your well-being is your ability to cultivate gratitude.
Being thankful for the experiences and people that give your life value and meaning is associated with an abundance of benefits, which include:
- positive emotions such as joy, enthusiasm and love,
- increased optimism,
- increased acts of helpfulness, generosity and co-operation,
- a reduced risk of depression and anxiety,
- the healing of old hurts and emotional suffering,
- improved immune function and recovery from illness,
- lower blood pressure and better physical health,
- resilience and an enhanced ability to cope with stress,
- protection from destructive impulses such as envy, resentment and greed, and
- greatly enhanced life satisfaction.
But here’s the irony of this post. If you decide to practice gratitude simply for self-improvements sake, or the act of practising gratitude feels like it’s a chore, then the effects will most likely not be as strong.
The real benefits come when our appreciation of the world we live in, and the people that we share it with, is genuine, deep and authentic.
If you want to cultivate authentic gratitude, I suggest you start with thinking, writing about or expressing with another, your admiration for:
- the small, everyday things in life that bring us richness, love or joy,
- the miraculous universe we live in,
- the deep connectedness that we share with others and have with all living things,
- the kindness, thoughtfulness and warmth experienced from someone around us, or
- the inspiration we receive from others to share and spread this kindness.
At its core, I think that cultivating authentic gratitude within our lives comes down to a choice.
A choice that has nothing to do with your actual life circumstances, and everything to do with how you choose to interpret both the world, and the people that you share it with.
I enjoyed reading your post, thank you!
I was wondering whether you are interested in nutrigenomics. My reason for asking is partly selfish ( I like to learn more) and partly because I believe that this is a growth area in Australia and therefore a good business opportunity for someone starting out in this field.
This journey started for me because my son Christian age 11 has been unwell for a number of years with vague and unspecific symptoms that we have now linked back to genetic issues such as MTHFR C667T homozygous and iGg sensitivities to many foods and also some IGe reactions. His health has improved dramatically the last step change occurred after he was supplemented with liposomal glutathione and I am currently researching whether he has GST P1 and GSTM1 mutations which may reduce his ability to make glutathione naturally. I listen to lectures from various functional medical practitioners in the US such as Dr Amy Yasko, Dr Amy Myers, Dr Mark Hyman etc and I get frustrated that the genetic testing and metabolic testing that is available in the US is not known about here and is not generally available. I am firmly convinced that diet alone could not have made my son well due to his genome and the fact that he needs supplementation in certain areas to provide metabolic workarounds. In my experience nutritionists and naturopaths here are not skilled in this area and this is what people need. I am currently working with a naturopath who is willing to learn and is studying with Smart DNA to be able to understanding their testing. Christian will be her first test.
If you are interested I would be willing to show you the file that I have created on my son, the various genetic and metabolic tests and the diet journey of where we have come from.
(I work with your Dad at Komatsu)
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I agree that nutrigemonic testing is extremely important and that’s really encouraging to hear that your son improved on liposomal glutathione!
I’m curious which liposomal product you’re using. There’s one made by Seeking Health (Dr. Ben Lynch’s company), which reminds me, he’s considered more up to date on the latest MTHFR research compared to Yasko.
Also, I’m curious if you had a 23&me test for the GSTM1 mutation?
Thanks in advance.
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Thanks for your message, and apologies for my (very) late reply. It is really inspiring to hear about your journey to help improve the health of your son. I too am very interested in nutrigenomics. Nutrition practice today is limited because of the incorrect assumption that all individuals of the same age and gender have the same nutritional requirements. And whilst genetics is something taught at universities, nutrigenomics is not. Unfortunately this area is not my area of expertise, but I am happy to try and connect you with a dietitian who does specialise in the area. My contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to chat more.