“Grateful people are joyful people.” – David Steindl-Rast
Can the power of gratitude make a difference in our lives? How can expressing gratitude create happiness and prepare us for a better cycling season?
We all know that whether you ride every day or once in a while, you know it gives you a space and time apart from the pulls and tugs of work, family, and technology. The ride itself provides both a time in which to pay attention to gratitude and many things for which to feel thankful.
But many cyclist that have been riding for years or even competitive athletes finishing a season are sometimes left drained, burned out, and not necessarily enjoying the simple pleasures of a bike. Yet finding gratitude is of value to your cycling performance – and probably more than you think!
According to the post, Thank You. No, Thank you, “adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not.” As today is Thanksgiving Day, express an attitude of gratitude and appreciation for how your cycling commitment enhances the quality of your life.
- Give thanks to family members, coworkers, coaches, fellow riders, and nutritionist for the year long support, feedback and encouragement you receive.
- Give thanks to your favorite bike shop (hint – us! Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop) and the mechanics for keeping your bike in working order.
- Give thanks to the person who does your bike fit and helping you ride more efficiently, comfortably, and hopefully faster.
- Give thanks to the bike and pedestrian committee members and wide range of other bike community leaders in your area for supporting cycling.
- Give thanks to bike manufactures for producing bikes, bike parts, cycling accessories, and bicycle components.
Most of all, give thanks to yourself. Enjoy the day and your ride. It’s your opportunity to enjoy it and be joyful. Grateful people are happy people.