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How to get rid of sleeplessness? (Part 2)

1. June, 2015Healthy Mind and BodyNo comments

Dinesh K Nagpal

 

Please note this article does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any kind.

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Natural remedies for sleeplessness:

Sleeplessness is a result of several factors including disturbed lifestyle. Therefore it is imperative to bring required changes in your life style to help body getting rid of this menace.

Here are given some suggestions for overcoming sleeplessness.

1.      Changes in life style:

Bringing some changes in life style is considered to be the most effective way of curbing the menace of sleeplessness.  Some of the suggestions are given here.

  • Go for a walk in the morning.
  • Get plenty of physical exercise.
  • Practice aerobic exercise every day.
  • Practice yoga and deep breathing exercise.
  • Avoid nap during day time.
  • Increase light exposure during the day. Spend some time outdoors.
  •  Reduce exposure to light during night.
  • Stick to regular sleep schedule.
  • Make sure that your bed room is dark, quiet and cool. Maintain room temperature between 65 – 72° F (18 – 22° C).
  • Turn off TV, phone, computer, laptop, i-pad etc. one hour before going to bed.
  • Take a bath at bed time. Add Epsom salt or few drops of lavender oil or chamomile oil to water.
  • Brush your teeth before going to bed.
  • Meditate before going to bed and after getting up in the morning.
  • Your mattress and pillow should be comfortable.
  • Avoid exercising before sleeping.
  • Avoid agonizing and worrying about your habit of sleeplessness and other physical and mental disorders.
  • Don’t think of unpleasant situations and circumstances of your life before going to bed.
  • Reading books and literature of your choice also helps sleeping.
  • You can use music therapy to induce sleep. Listen to light music.
  • You can maintain a sleep journal. Record your life style, food habits, stressful events, sleep routine, your behavior and your relations with persons in your life. This exercise will help you diagnosing and pin pointing reason behind your habit of sleeplessnes

2.      Change your food habits:

Food habits greatly affect sleep patterns. Here are given some dos and don’ts for those they are fighting their habit of sleeplessness.

  • Do’s:
    • Take honey twice a day, preferably with lemon juice.
    • One can also take honey with decaffeinated tea.
    • Banana in breakfast and before going to bed helps inducing sleep.
    • Take oats regularly in breakfast as porridge or any other form.
    • Take cherry juice twice a day.
    • Increase intake of fruits including apples in breakfast. Take more of seasonal fruits.
    • Take wheat germ regularly.
    • Almonds are considered good for inducing sleep.
    • Intake of sunflower seeds is helpful in sleeplessness.
    • Increase intake of green leafy vegetables in meals. These are rich in magnesium and help during sleep disorders.
    • Take more salad with your lunch. Add lettuce and carrot. It should be taken every day.
    • Increase intake of protein in your regular meals.
    • One cup yogurt taken with one TSF sugar during bedtime is effective in inducing sleep.
    • Else take warm milk before going to bed. Add some almonds and green cardamoms before boiling and add honey.
    • Some people also suggest taking small portion of turkey or chicken at bed time for inducing sleep.

-          Don’ts:

  • Decrease use of carbohydrates from your meals.
  • Stay away from processed food, refined foods and products that are heavy in sugars and salt.
  • Avoid taking sugary and spicy food.
  • Limit use of caffeinated and nicotine products and alcohol in any form.
  • Avoid large and heavy intake of food before going to bed.

3.      Herbal remedies:

Nature has provided countless number of herbs for the welfare of human beings. Some of these herbs are considered helpful in controlling sleeplessness. These herbs are being used for generation and generally suggested by the elder members of the family.

However it is my suggestion that herbal remedies, use of food supplements, nature cure therapies, aromatherapy and other such therapies must be used under medical supervision only.

Here is given information about use of these herbs for curbing sleeplessness.

  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): It is also known as Indian ginseng.  Decoction of Ashwagandha is prepared by boiling one to two gram of its root in one cup water and boiling the same for 15 minutes. Allow it infuse for ten minutes at room temperature. Filter and drink one cup in morning and one in the evening to induce sleep and overcome stress.
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monniery): One TSF of dried Brahmi leaves taken with water once a day is considered beneficial for those they have sleep disorders.
  • Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi): Soak one fourth of TSF its powder in  one cup water for five hours. Strain and drink before bedtime.
  • Amla (Phyllanthus emblica): Use of Amla in any form is considered good for human health. Half TSF of Amla powder taken with water twice a day is considered beneficial in sleeplessness.
  • Mint: Boil three gram fresh or 1.5 gram dried mint leaves in one cup water and allow it to boil for fifteen minutes and allow it to cool. Add one TSF honey and take at bedtime.
  • Add one TSF of cumin seeds on sliced banana and take at bedtime.
  • Herbal teas: There are varieties of herbal teas that are helpful in sleep disorders. Some of these teas are:
    • Green tea
    • Siberian ginseng tea
    • Passion flower tea
    • Kava Kava tea
    • Lime blossom tea
    • Lemon balm tea
    • Valerian tea
    • Lime blossom tea
    • St. John’s wort tea
    • Young pine or Fir needle tea
    • Decaffeinated tea
    • Tea made from Hops, Lavender oil or Chamomile oil.

4.       Food supplements:

Please note you must not use any of the food supplements without medical supervision. Under mentioned food supplements are used in sleep disorders.

  • Cordyceps: Three to six gram per day.
  • Co enzyme Q10: 60 to 100 mg is taken per day.
  • Valerian extract: 20 drops of tincture in water is taken before bed.
  • Melatonin extract: 0.3 to 0.5 mg is kept under tongue.
  • Hops: 30 to 120 mg per day.
  • Threonine: 50 to 200 mg is taken.
  • Passion flower: 30 to 60 drops of tincture taken in water one hour before bed is beneficial.
  • Jamaica dogwood: It is taken with hops and valerian.
  • Californian poppy: 2 ml tincture taken in water before bedtime is beneficial.
  • Lettuce supplement: 30 to 120 mg is suggested to be taken.
  • Magnesium (200 mg or less) with Calcium (600 mg) taken at bedtime helps inducing sleep.

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How to get rid of sleeplessness?

29. April, 2015Healthy Mind and BodyNo comments

Dinesh K Nagpal

Please note this article does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any kind.

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Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.”  ~ William Blake

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”~ Thomas Dekker

“Sleep is the best meditation.”~ Dalai Lama

“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.” ~ Marla Thomas

“A well-spent day brings happy sleep.”  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”  ~ Irish Proverb

Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking.”  ~ Clifton Fadiman

“Your life is a reflection of how you sleep, and how you sleep is a reflection of your life.”  ~ Dr. Rafael Pelayo

“Don’t fight with the pillow, but lay down your head
and kick every worriment out of the bed.”
 ~ Edmund Vance Cooke

“Sleeping is no mean art, for its sake one must stay awake all day.”  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 

What is sleeplessness?

After whole day’s working, every one of us needs a restful sleep at night. Those working at night need similarly restful sleep during day time.

After sound sleep of almost eight hours, your body gets energized and is charged with renewed energy and enthusiasm to work for the next very day.

Sleep improves your mental awareness, memories, concentration power and alertness. Sleep makes your body’s immune system strong; as a result you are not prone to several diseases. But there are several other factors also that are required to improve body’s immunity level.

There is countless number of people who after going to bed for sleep, keep struggling in bed and are unable to sleep for a longtime. There are people who even after being tired do not get quality sleep. And there are several people who are finding it difficult to sleep again, once they wake up in the middle of night or sleep cycle. Thus sleeplessness is a sleep disorder with,
i) Difficulty in falling sleep and
ii) Difficulty in staying sleep.

Therefore, some people are deprived of quality sleep and some lack required quantity of sleep. This problem is termed as Insomnia in medical terminology. It is common in people of advanced age group.

Symptoms of sleeplessness:

Sleeplessness is responsible for depriving you of required energy, mood and takes toll on your health. Your ability to work is also adversely affected. Sleeplessness thus leads to daytime drowsiness, fatigue and irritability and you find it difficult to concentrate on your work during the day. An extended period of insomnia may further lead to anxiety, depression and worrying thoughts. You may also find yourself in a situation that makes it difficult for you in socializing.

Duration:

Sleep disorder could be for a shorter period of few days that is known as Transient insomnia.

And when sleeplessness exceeds few weeks, it is known as Acute insomnia.

Then there are people who suffer from this disorder for a long time. Period of their sleeplessness may range from few months to a year or more. They are considered to suffer from Chronic insomnia.

Causes of sleeplessness:

There are several factors responsible for sleeplessness. But some of the important reasons are given here.

  1. Certain medications:  It is observed that use of some medicines such that are used for hormonal balancing and controlling various ailments including high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, dementia and cholesterol may cause sleeplessness. Medicines containing alcohol and caffeine may also be the cause of sleeplessness.
  2. Certain medical problems may also be the root cause of sleeplessness, such as Allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, Angina, Arthritis, Asthma,  Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Gastro-intestinal problems, Hypothyroidism, etc.
  3. Mental disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Hopelessness and Worry are also major causes of sleeplessness conditions.
  4. Change of weather conditions, place, time to go to bed, change of shift of job or time zone are also reasons behind sleeplessness.
  5. Sometimes, hormonal changes in body especially during menstruation and menopause also cause sleeplessness in women. Similarly hormonal changes in men also cause sleeplessness.
  6. Excessive use of computer, TV, video games, mobile phones, DVD players, I pad and other similar electronic devices are also cause of problems pertaining to sleeplessness.
  7. There could be several other reasons of sleeplessness though looking insignificant but are causes of concern. Some of these are:
  • Naps during afternoon can make it difficult to sleep at night
  • Taking heavy meals at late hours just before bed time is also a cause of sleeplessness.
  • Excessive intake of coffee and caffeinated drinks is a major factor in sleeplessness conditions. Coffee taken during evening hour also causes sleeplessness. You are frequently getting up in middle of night for urination due to diuretic effect of caffeine.
  • Increased use of alcohol is also a major reason for sleeplessness in many people. Like caffeine, alcohol also has diuretic effect and therefore taking alcohol during late evening hours causes frequent urination leading to sleep disturbance.
  • Similarly use of nicotine by intake of tobacco in any form causes sleeplessness.
  • Trauma or traumatic experience of any kind causes sleeplessness.
  • Over reactive mind is also a cause of sleeplessness in many cases. Anger, hatred, jealousy, resentment, revengefulness etc. overpower your mind and as a result you experience sleeplessness.
  • In case your bed is worn out, or you have too soft or too hard mattress, uncomfortable pillow that too also leads to sleeplessness.
  • In case your bed room is too noisy, it also results in sleeplessness.
  • Bed rooms without proper ventilation and passage of air also cause sleeplessness. Sleeping in such room causes suffocation and one experiences sleeplessness.

Effects of sleeplessness: Lack of sleep invites several physical and mental conditions. Some effects are visible immediately however some are not. These effects are harmful for body. Here are given some of the adverse and harmful effects of sleeplessness.

  1. Causes accidents: Sleeplessness causes tiredness, fatigue, loss of self-control and decreased concentration. People also experience dizziness and nausea. This may result in accidents on roads and also for those they are working in factories on different machines. Every year countless numbers of persons are either killed in such accidents or injured causing loss of limbs and other vital organs.
  2. Impairs judgments: Sleeplessness is also one of the major causes of impaired judgment and resultant worsening of quality of life.
  3. Forgetfulness: It not only causes temporary memory loss and forgetfulness but also has an adverse effect on learning process. Chronic insomnia can also lead to permanent memory loss.
  4. Health problems: Sleeplessness leads to various health problems which include heart related diseases such as high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, heart failure etc. In addition, it also causes high cholesterol, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, kidney malfunctioning or kidney failure, blindness, damaged bones and many more diseases. Sleeplessness increases risk of death.
  5. Suppresses immune system: Sleeplessness has adverse effect on immune system of the body due to hormonal changes and decreased production of WBC’s. With weak immune system, body is prone to various ailments including common cold, flu and attack by various kind of virus and bacteria.
  6. Obesity: Those suffering from insomnia tend to eat more and their metabolic systems are also adversely affected thus resulting in weight gain. Obesity further leads to various diseases linked to it.
  7. Ageing of skin: Sleeplessness also results in hormonal disturbance as stress hormone; cortisol is produced in excess and thus resulting in adverse effect on skin and eyes. Eyes get puffy and dark circles are created under eyes. Texture of skin gets affected and it loses its luster and elasticity. Wrinkles on face and hands become permanent.
  8. Depression and anxiety:  Sleeplessness further leads to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

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Cultivating Positive Habits (Part 2)

31. January, 2015Personal Growth and ExcellenceNo comments

Dinesh K Nagpal

Part 2 of 2

Happiness:

  1. Always maintain positive attitude about you and also about rest of the world.
  2. Expect the best in all circumstances.
  3. Make a list of your blessings. This list must contain right from your healthy body and mind to your loving family, your education, your house, your several belongings. List everything available to you under the Sun. Read these blessings everyday with a sense of thankfulness for each and every object.
  4. Record various happy moments of your life and read them regularly, especially when you are feeling down. Keep on updating happy moments.
  5. Also make a list of things going well in your life. Make several copies of this list and place them at various places so that you can read this list several times a day.
  6. Change threshold of your happiness and sadness. Make efforts to be happy very easily and sad with great difficulty. You must define them clearly.
  7. Smile quite often. Keep smiling in various adverse circumstances.
  8. Refuse to indulge in self pity, worries, doubt on your future and negative attitude of any kind.
  9. In worries of the past, do not deny miracles of present moment in your life.
  10. Read stories of courageous personalities who have been tremendously successful in spite of suffering from various ailments and physical limitations. Do you know, famous music composer Beethoven was deaf, Helen Keller was deaf, dumb and blind from childhood and Albert Einstein was suffering from Dyslexia?

Peace:

  1. Learn to get rid of your negative habits of anger, hatred, jealously, ego, greed, confrontational attitude and revengefulness etc.
  2. Learn forgiveness. Seek forgiveness for all your mistakes and misdeeds. Forgive yourself, your enemies and all others for their faults and negative attitude toward you. Forgive adverse circumstances of your life. Repeat this affirmation several times a day, “I lovingly forgive and forget everyone who has ever offended and harmed me”.
  3. Replace your negativity with gratefulness. Be thankful to everyone who has been directly or indirectly helping you. Continuously practice gratitude.
  4. Keep a gratitude journal. Write everything that made you smiling. Thank minimum ten persons every day and write their names and reason of your thankfulness in this gratitude journal.
  5. Cultivate habit of helping others. Give patient and compassionate hearing to those they need your help. Your helping hand should be available to the people of this world to the maximum extent you can. Try to find opportunities to help others.
  6. Practice sharing. Share everything you have and you can. Share your money, your belongings, your time and your resources. It has been suggested in many scriptures that one should share minimum ten percent of their income with those they are in need.
  7. Respect others. Altogether stop disrespect behavior towards others no matter whom the other person is. Always be respectful towards others.
  8. Practice honesty in all your dealings with others. A dishonest person can never live in peace. It is rightly said, “Honesty is the best policy”.
  9. Don’t loss your coolness even in adverse situations. Get rid of your habit of anger and hatred towards others.
  10. Think positive. Find a positive word that resonates with you. Nurture this positive habit in you and let it grow to the extent people start recognizing you with this word. You must be kind, helping, loving appreciating, truthful, punctual, caring, sharing and co-operative etc. Let us be positive now and for always.
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Cultivating Positive Habits

31. December, 2014Personal Growth and ExcellenceNo comments

Dinesh K Nagpal

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When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.  ~  Dalai Lama

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones. ~  Benjamin Franklin

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give us than the bad ones. ~ Somerset Maugham

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”  ~ Samuel Johnson

“We become what we repeatedly do.”  ~  Sean Covey

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”  ~  Jim Ryun

“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”  ~  Mark Twain

“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.”  ~  John Irving

A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It is an undo-it-yourself project.  ~  Abigail Van Buren

Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.  ~  Confucius

It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.  ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

Now that year 2014 is over and we are entering into realm of New Year 2015.  Time is passing every moment.

Almost every one of us makes a resolution for coming year to bring improvement in life. People look forward for good health, more wealth, happiness, success and peace. They want improved relationship with their near and dear one’s and several other positive traits of life.

We want everything positive in our lives. But most of the time, we forget to practice principles that make our lives happy. It is the time not only to frame some resolutions but to act as well and establish positivism in our lives.

Here are some suggestions for improvement in various traits. We need to cultivate some positive habits for the same.

For Good Health:

  1. Exercise regularly, practice yoga and various breathing exercises.
  2. Meditate regularly. Fifteen to thirty minute’s meditation twice everyday brings miraculous results.
  3. Take natural food. Stop taking fast food and unnatural food. Increase intake of fruits, vegetables and certain herbs.
  4. Your diet must be balanced having required quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and enzymes etc.
  5. Drink adequate quantity of water every day. It varies from person to person and in different climatic conditions. However it is suggested to drink three to four liter water every day. You can learn more about the same in Importance of drinking water.
  6. Avoid taking food that is acidic in nature. (pH below 7.00 is acidic).
  7. Stop taking drugs, tobacco in any form and also avoid excessive use of alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, salt and sugar etc.
  8. Take adequate sleep. Avoid excessive or less sleep.
  9. Keep happy disposition and laugh as much as you can. It is rightly said, ‘Laughter is the best medicine.’
  10. Maintain your thoughts positive. Avoid anger and stress.

Getting Success:

  1. Make a goal and write the same on a paper. Read it every day.
  2. Make a plan that you wish to follow to achieve this goal.
  3. Develop strong willpower to achieve your goal.
  4. Stay focused for fulfillment of your objective.
  5. Your efforts must be continuous and consistent. Every single day you must work for the same.
  6. Repeat positive affirmations for achievement of your goal.
  7. Make a mental picture of having achieved your goal. Do it twice every day for ten to fifteen minutes.
  8. Maintain positive mental attitude and have faith in your capabilities of succeeding in life.
  9. Do not deviate from your chosen path.
  10. Do not quit and keep trying. It is rightly said, “Quitters name win and winners never quit.”

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Relevance of Thanksgiving

27. November, 2014Positivism and Peaceful WorldNo comments

Dinesh K Nagpal

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.   ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~ William Shakespeare

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.  ~ E.P. Powell

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~ Edward Sanford Martin

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. ~ Victor Hugo

You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift buying and donate what they can to charity. ~ Bill Gates

Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.  ~ Henry Van Dyke

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  ~ Meister Eckhart

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ~ Johannes A. Gartner

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.  ~ Cicero

 

Thanksgiving is one of the finest occasions that entire US celebrates irrespective of cast, creed, faith, religion or color of people. It is celebrated on fourth Thursday of November every year. It is also celebrated in Canada but on second Monday of October every year.

History of thanksgiving dates back to November 1623, when Governor William Bradford proclaimed thanksgiving to Almighty God for his innumerous blessings during previous year.

And now after almost four hundred years this day is gradually becoming a day for huge meals, turkey dinners, cranberries, pumpkin pie and lots of fun.

There are many people who feel that real meaning of thanksgiving has been lost somewhere amidst celebrations. However, there are number of people who have been enjoying celebrations and at the same time they feel that celebrations can hand in hand with a heart filled of gratitude and thankfulness.

Expressing thankfulness towards Almighty God should be a constant process. When your heart is filled with attitude of gratitude, thanksgiving cannot remain limited to one particular day of a year because one day is not long enough to thank God for all those blessings and gifts of life He has given you and is continuously giving you every moment of every day. Let thankfulness continuously flow from your heart.

With your attitude of gratitude, thankfulness flows for everyone and everything. Isn’t it our prime responsibility to acknowledge countless blessings and obligations of Almighty God? He is continuously showering His innumerous and all forms of wonderful blessings. These acts of thanksgiving towards Almighty God must be undertaken by each and every one of us, every day and everywhere.

There are countless things available to you to be grateful. Starting from your perfect physical and mental body, you have innumerous material possessions available to you to be thankful.  Next, you have your loving and adoring family, you must be thankful for. There are several people who are helping you directly and additional countless number of people that are helping you indirectly in your day to day affairs.

There are several beautiful natural things available to you in this world. Look at the blue sky, beautiful clouds, lovely moon and countless number of stars in the sky. Enjoy lovely weather and different climatic conditions in different areas of this planet earth. Admire wonderful environment full of vegetation including variety of trees, plants and flowers. Have you ever been to beautiful forests that are full of life? There are hills, mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans etc. to admire their beauty. And also there are countless number of beautiful birds, fishes, animals and various other creatures. Nature has provided us innumerous variety of food items including fruits, vegetables, cereals and several other delicious and nutritious fruits for your good health.  You have so many things to be grateful to the nature and to the Almighty God.

Be thankful for each and every gift of God. Make your thanks giving habit spontaneous and these feelings must come from the bottom of your heart. It shouldn’t be a mere formality to say ‘thank you’. Everyone must practice it regularly and with total honesty.

Attitude of gratitude is rather helpful to the practitioner. The one who gives thanks from the bottom of heart is always benefited. You get several blessings coupled with more happiness, contentment, success and peace. There are several additional benefits of thankfulness including improved relations, increased emotional health.

On the contrary ungrateful people have a habit of always complaining to others. Thankless people are self centered and they always think for the benefit of the self. But they always remain unhappy and mentally disturbed. As a result they suffer from several diseases including blood pressure, diabetes and loss of memory etc.

All those religions of this world have suggested their followers to continuously practice thankfulness.

Christianity always favors thankfulness.

Bible says, “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 136:6 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

In Hindu religious book Bhagwat Gita, God is said to assure in one of its verse,

“ananyascintayanto mam
ye janahparyupasate
teshamnityabhiyuktanam
yoga-ksemamvahamyaham” 
(Bhagwat Gita: Chapter IX verse 22)

It means “Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: Those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I give what they lack in life, and I protect what they have.”

In Islam thankfulness has been accorded high priority. Attitude of gratitude is given much importance and emphasis.

In Holy Qu’ran it is said, “And be thankful to Me; and do not be ungrateful”. (2:152)

Whenever you ask a Muslim: how are you? The person automatically replies with one Arabic word: “Alhamdulillah.”  It says, “Praise be to God”.

For followers of Islam, it is one of the foremost important duties to be grateful to the Almighty God for all of His blessings.

There are three different levels of thankfulness. i.e.

  1. To realize and appreciate all blessings by and within the heart.
  2. To say thanks with the tongue.
  3. To express gratitude by doing righteous deeds.

God said to Moses: “Be among the thankful” (Surah 7, Ayat 144).

And he promised to the people, If you are thankful, I will grant you increase”.  (Ibrahim 14:7).

Various other religions of the world also promote attitude of gratitude among their followers. These are Buddhism, Confucianism, Jainism, Judaism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and many more. Essence of almost every religion is gratefulness.

Thus you will see that thankfulness is a blessed attitude expressed towards others and is common in all religions of this world. It is an expression of love and appreciation of others.

Thankfulness is not bound to time, place or religion. Everyone says thank you in any language wherever he is and at any given time.

So let’s be thankful to God for, whatever, we have received in our life from Him. Let us learn to appreciate what we have in life.

It is therefore imperative to make a habit of thankfulness a way of life. Let your heart be filled with gratefulness and its fountain continuously flows from your heart and your mouth. Your tongue must always recite to the tune of thankfulness and appreciation.

In order to remain thankful you must practice following.

1.      Count your blessings:

Count your blessings and be thankful to Almighty God for each and every gift. These are mentioned above. You must also be thankful to all those people who have ever helped you directly and indirectly.

2.      Maintain a gratitude journal:

Everyday record in a journal about gifts and blessings bestowed on you by Almighty God, in your life. In addition, also thank each and every individual who is helping you in your daily affairs. Every night before retiring, write names of minimum ten persons who have helped you directly during this day. Send message of thanks to minimum two persons every day for their help.

3.      Recite thanksgiving prayers:

Every day you must recite prayers of thanksgiving while praising Almighty God for helping you in various activities.

Thus you can make thanksgiving a purposeful and more relevant occasion. Make full use of your habit of thankfulness and gratitude.

Hope you will add flavor of gratitude in your behavior and reap its various benefits. And you will not restrict you to only one designated day of thankfulness. It will flow from your heart effortlessly.

I am thankful to you from the bottom of my heart for reading my articles and giving me strength to write.

Wishing you happiness in all that you do.

 

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Dr. Dinesh K. Nagpal

He has been studying and practicing The Art and Science of Positivism for over 35 years. His zest for gathering ancient knowledge based on Vedas, Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures, which are full of living life in totality, for the benefit of mankind, brought him laurels. The motto of his life is ‘Caring and Sharing is the essence of life.’

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