Full bellies. Full hearts. It’s that time of year where we all gather to give thanks for one another and all that we have. Thanksgiving presents a much-needed pause from the busy nature of our day-to-day lives. But what would it look like to continue this gratitude beyond a national holiday?
In his book, Thanks!: How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, Robert A. Emmons explains “gratitude is the acknowledgment of goodness in one’s life. In gratitude, we say yes to life. We affirm that with all things taken together, life is good and has elements that make it worth living.”
Studies show that participants who took five minutes out of their day to write down something they were grateful for showed increased levels of happiness over those who did not. Further, sharing it with other people only amplifies the effects. So who do you owe a thank you to?
We want to say thank you to our teachers and staff that make Junction9 such a warm and welcoming place to gather. Our studio wouldn’t be the same without each and every one of you. To our friends and family who offer the most genuine support. To our clients, old and new with whom we’ve built genuine connections and friendships. To all our community partners and the other small businesses in the city — thank you for inspiring us to continue working hard for our vision. Local love here in YYC is hard to beat.
Easy ways to cultivate gratitude:
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- Take a five-minute break from Instagram and use the gratitude app to write down all you’re thankful for in that moment — big or small. When we practice gratitude awareness it makes it harder for our brains to focus on the negative areas of our lives.
- Write down things about yourself or your life that you’re appreciative of. Stash them in your purse or pocket to find on a rainy day.
- Mail a letter to someone expressing your gratitude, then ask them to do the same to another person. Over time, see how many letters get sent from your initial action.
By now you’ve probably noticed we’ve created a blog. We want this space to be a means of celebrating the incredible people that make up our studio, community and this city as a whole. We hope to share meaningful stories, knowledge, practical tips, recipes and more, to help us all live with more purpose and intention. Stay tuned!