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The Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude is good for you…

Neurologists have studied and concluded time and again that gratitude exercises are beneficial.

Just the act of thinking about it, even if you can’t find anything (which is highly unlikely) has a benefit of flooding the brain with feel good chemicals increased well-being and reducing depression.

You will be rewiring your brain to notice the small things in life that we often take for granted.

  • How grateful are you?
  • Do you take things for granted?
  • Do you struggle to see the good in everyday situations?

 

I always start of my Workshops and Self Development group meetings with ‘The Attitude of Gratitude’. At this week’s meeting the brief was:

3 things you are grateful for:

  • during the last 3 days
  • Gratitude Journalwithin the last 30 minutes

 

Here’s my list for today (it’s only 10 am)

  • The sun shining, meaning I’ll be out in the garden this afternoon
  • Being bought a coffee in bed
  • A message from my sister sharing her amazing adventures in West Sumatra
  • Having time to plan what to do when my Granddaughter visits at the weekend
  • Chatting to the Postman

The list is endless…..

Tips:

  1. It’s much more likely that you are grateful and show gratitude for those larger, more dramatic events. Include those, but also think about those small activities and small gestures that happen every day.
  2. Set you intention before you begin, e.g. to be happier, increase your satisfaction in life, help move you up the ladder to Higher Self.
  3. Do this activity with real gratitude and enthusiasm, don’t let it become a habit that you do without thinking otherwise it loses it power to transform.
  4. Write it down – treat yourself to a notebook, your Gratitude Journal, and record your thoughts, maybe expand on them rather than just a list of words. Think about how life would be without it.
  5. Don’t just focus on ‘stuff’ include people and their actions.
  6. Make this part of your weekly/daily routine, Imagine doing this last thing at night. would you have a better sleep drifting of to the nice things that have happened today rather than keeping hold of the negative things.

I hope you find this useful, enjoy and pay forward what works for you.

Alison x

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