One of the first lessons in manners we teach our children, as we were once taught ourselves, it to “say please and thank you,” and add a smile while you’re at it. And it’s a beautiful practice. We express gratitude for life’s smallest gestures- a door held open, and hot tea handed over the counter, or a fellow driver letting us in to a jammed lane.
But do those “thank you”s follow us throughout the day? Do we remember them, do we savor them? If you do, you’re ahead of the game- and welcome to what is probably your favorite month of the year! But if not, here’s a quick highlight on the magic of gratitude, and its benefit to the body and mind.
Through the years, we’ve come to recognize little things that make us happy. For me, it is a warm cup of tea in the morning, followed by clean socks out of the drier and wearing the comfiest, baggiest sweater I own. Those are my happy moments. Those little moments of action spike my happiness for a moment, and then I am back to my balanced, stabilized, happiness level. My “normal”. This is called the hedonic treadmill.
The hedonic treadmill is our normal state of being, despite small positive or negative stimulus. It is the state we remain in when we do not acknowledge happiness. Throughout the day we see people we love, eat yummy food, use modern infrastructure, and are surrounded my incredible nature all around us. But if we do not acknowledge it, we remain on the treadmill.
Jumping off the treadmill means acknowledging happy moments and expressing gratitude. Dr. Robert Emmons, a university Psychology professor, performed a gratitude experiment on 300 students. They were broken into three groups. Each group, for one week, was to keep a log of what made them happy, what annoyed them, and what they did during the day, respectively. The “happy list” group was shown after one week to have increased well being, as expressed in deeper, longer sleep, and higher levels of motivation as expressed in exercise levels.
This month we not only celebrate Thanksgiving, but the 15th anniversary of Passiflora, all in the same week! To say “thank you” to YOU, our incredible community, we are offering 15% off all teas and a free cupcake of the café’s choice on Saturday, November 24th.
If you’d like to cater your Thanksgiving with Passiflora at Home, it’s not too late! All ordered placed before Saturday 11/17 will be honored, pick up ready on Tuesday 11/20 and Wednesday 11/21. Check out our Thanksgiving special catering menu here.
Really, it’s as easy as “thank you”. Acknowledge it, express it, savor it, and be well.