Beloved Flower Lover,
Its’ time to say thank you. The only thing we have to do right now is to get into giving thanks and we do it again on World Gratitude Day.
Its a time to reclaim our selves and relax into the process of gratitude. We have all the time in the world to get into it. We are fascinated with what we are gratitude for. It allows us to tap back into our natural way of being. We don’t have to practice it. We don’t need to turn it into a discipline. We are not worried about fixed time and the bla bla of that. We have all the time we need.
Professor Robert Emmons of the University of California suggests we only need five mins of it to enjoy great benefits. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medicalcenter/features/2015-2016/11/20151125_gratitude.html.
His research found the following:
- Keeping a gratitude diary for two weeks produced sustained reductions in perceived stress (28 percent) and depression (16 percent) in health-care practitioners.
- Gratitude is related to 23 percent lower levels of stress hormones (cortisol).
- Practicing gratitude led to a 7-percent reduction in biomarkers of inflammation in patients with congestive heart failure.
- Two gratitude activities (counting blessings and gratitude letter writing) reduced the risk of depression in at-risk patients by 41 percent over a six month period.
- Dietary fat intake is reduced by as much as 25 percent when people are keeping a gratitude journal.
- A daily gratitude practice can decelerate the effects of neurodegeneration (as measured by a 9 percent increase in verbal fluency) that occurs with increasing age.
- Grateful people have 16 percent lower diastolic blood pressure and 10 percent lower systolic blood pressure compared to those less grateful.
- Grateful patients with Stage B asymptomatic heart failure were 16 percent less depressed, 20 percent less fatigued and 18 percent more likely to believe they could control the symptoms of their illness compared to those less grateful.
- Older adults administered the neuropeptide oxytocin showed a 12 percent increase in gratitude compared to those given a placebo
- Writing a letter of gratitude reduced feelings of hopelessness in 88 percent of suicidal inpatients and increased levels of optimism in 94 percent of them.
- Grateful people (including people grateful to God) have between 9-13 percent lower levels of Hemoglobin A1c, a key marker of glucose control that plays a significant role in the diagnosis of diabetes.
- Gratitude is related to a 10 percent improvement in sleep quality in patients with chronic pain, 76 percent of whom had insomnia, and 19 percent lower depression levels.
So where we stand, we are grateful to have you as our dear friends reading this material. We are grateful for a platform from WordPress that enables us to being able to share ways to enhance wellbeing using flowers. We are grateful for flowers and all their impacts.
We invite you to go through today and give thanks for something you appreciating in your life and send your gratitude . You might even like to use flowers to send a message of gratitude to someone or place some in your home or office environment to remind yourself of all that you are thankful for.
The London Flower Lover
p.s. If you want let us know how this process attracts more things to be thankful for.
The London Flower Lover