People who are aware of the inter-connectedness of life are more likely to practice, feel and express gratitude than those who think achievements come from one’s own efforts. Those who recognize a benefit and never take that benefit for granted are able to express gratitude. People who express gratitude tend to have more and stronger personal relationships. They are psychologically and physically healthier. They also tend to be more empathetic and less angry. A gratitude attitude reduces stress and builds self-esteem. It is said that after Buddha obtained enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India he sat for seven more days paying homage to the tree that had given him shelter. He was grateful for the shade the tree provided.
If we stop to think for a moment about the inter-connectedness of our own body, we will find much to be grateful for including our skin. It acts as a 24-hour barrier against the elements, bacteria and viruses. It regulates body temperature and gives us physical sensations through a network of nerve cells. In an interview with WebMD Karen Mallin, a doctor of psychology (PsyD), said, “A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so as emotions are played out neurologically, they can be expressed through the skin …”
By reducing stress and fostering well being, a daily dose of gratitude may influence your skin health. Here are a few of our favorite quotes on gratitude to uplift your emotions and bring awareness of the benefits of expressing gratitude.
“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.” Deepak Chopra
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Cicero
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” Charles Schwab
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” Brother David Steindl-Rast
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ” G.K. Chesterton
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Karl Barth
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“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” Anthony Robbins
“Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” Albert Schweitzer
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
“Saying ‘thank you’ creates love.” Daphne Rose Kingma
Research studies show that when we open our hearts our brain responds by firing up positive pathways for neurons that can help diminish distress and increase joy. YASOU “a toast to your health” skin care is grateful for all that nature gives us to protect and nurture our skin and health and to all the people who have supported us throughout the years. Thank you!
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