All across the country, people will be giving thanks as they gather around the table with family and friends to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. Those of us who work at Asheville’s SpaTheology are no exception. We are thankful for each and every client that walks through our door in Asheville for a massage, facial or innovative wellness treatment. And we’re extremely grateful to all of you who have given us glowing reviews and rated us the best North Carolina day spa.
A couple of the extremely talented massage therapists at Spatheology in Asheville have said that they keep a gratitude journal – a simple notebook where they record some of the things that they’re grateful for. According to PositivePsychology.com, research has shown that this simple practice can provide a number of powerful benefits, including, among many others:
- Making you happier
- Enhancing psychological wellbeing
- Increasing your self-esteem
- Improving your romantic relationships
- Strengthening family relationships
- Making you more optimistic
A simple gratitude practice can even enhance your decision-making skills and help you to be more patient!
Keep It Going
There’s no reason why we shouldn’t give thanks throughout the year. Maybe you already do. If you’d like to develop the habit, here are some tips for keeping a gratitude journal from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California-Berkeley:
- Instead of just listing a bunch of things you’re grateful for, go into detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful.
- “Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful,” they report.
- They say that another effective way of practicing gratitude is to think about what your life would be like without some of things that would make it onto a list of what you consider to be blessings.
- We were surprised when they said, “Writing occasionally (once or twice per week) is more beneficial than daily journaling.” But that’s what the research shows. (You might even be grateful for not needing to write in your gratitude journal every day!)
Our day spa in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Our spa professionals and the folks we consider to be the best massage therapists in Asheville look forward to helping you on your wellness journey soon. Until then, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.