The 30-day gratitude challenge that we see on social media during the month of November I feel is a beautiful sentiment. On Thanksgiving, most families will participate in a “What are you Thankful for” moment. All these gratitude’s floating around are wonderful and really can light you up. Now that November is over and we welcome December and soon 2017 these gratitude’s don’t need to stop. We don’t need to wait till next year to embrace the feel-good feeling we get from thinking about the things we are grateful for.
Our brains tend to gravitate to the negative. Whether this pattern was created in childhood, trauma, negative self-talk, or the negative messages we receive and filter through daily; these connections exist. 20 great things might happen in a day and the tendency for our brain can be to focus on the 1 or 2 things that didn’t work out that day. We can completely dismiss the good things. When that happens, our emotions are next to follow. We can feel defeated, depressed, anxious, jealous, and many many other emotions.
When we focus our energy on the good things, the things we are grateful for we begin making a new connection in our brain. It allows us to connect with our other emotions; for example: hope, happiness, peace, love, joy, and bliss. Research being done in the field of study of Positive Psychology, has been consistently linking Gratitude to the increase of happiness and wellbeing. When we feel better it affects our whole health which includes our mood, our sleep, our diets,
our relationships, etc.…
I know, I can hyper focus on the one thing that didn’t work out and completely miss the good things that did. Gratitude’s don’t have to be only big things like promotions or gifts but they can be small things too.
For me today as I am writing this, “I am grateful that my dog, Stella, who whined and barked at me, till I took the pups for a walk today”. I needed to get moving and out of my head. I needed to connect with my intentions to be in this present moment. So I am grateful that Stella made me take her for a walk.There is no wrong or right way to be grateful it just is. Take a moment, sometime during your day to reflect on things you are grateful for.
I recommend, that in the evening you take a moment to journal or make a list in your phone something tangible that you can see and touch. It allows you to connect back with yourself, your day, the things that went well, and the feelings that come when you reflect on what you are grateful for.
Gratitude’s seem so simple but really, they are hugely impactful on our life. Together let’s practice daily gratitude’s and start moving forward to happier and healthier you.
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