Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
There is no better time to start keeping a gratitude journal than now . . . This is something that I have done for years, as well as a life-strategy that I use with my Pos Psych and Mindcraft students. Marty Seligman originated this, and I do an abbreviated version which involves jotting down 3 things that I am grateful for each day which I do first thing in the morning.
Here’s what’s important:
Make sure that these sentences begin with, “I am grateful for . . .” rather than just writing “health” or “my dog.” This is mega-important neurologically, as in order for neurons to get what they are supposed to do they need repetition and consistency (much like toddlers). This also needs to be written down rather than simply stated as the written word has huge power when it comes to brain changes.
The average amount of time for a new habit to stick is 21 days . . . and, this new neural pathway of positivity can actually be seen on an fMRI brain scan . . . gratitude literally alters our brain chemistry, leading to more positive thought patterns.
Below is an awesome gratitude ride. . . This will make your day !!!
Please check it out (about 6 minutes):
“Embracing Fear & Moving Forward (Part II)” podcast
Have a Mindful Day !!!
Kimberly Quinn, Wizard of Mind Magic
Well-being & Success-SADI
Cupboard Next to the Stairs (Joyce 202)