Gratitude is the attitude
At this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the busy'ness of life and forget that we have so much to be grateful for. Gratitude is a skill we can cultivate to help us sustain happiness in our everyday life. When you intentionally nurture gratitude, you engage the medial prefrontal cortex, the region associated with learning, rational thinking and decision making. By simply training your brain to experience thankfulness more often, that spotlight grows stronger and brighter over time. Some studies found that practising gratitude can make lasting changes in your brain and you don’t have to be born an optimist or have a problem free life (as if) to benefit.
Practising gratitude keeps our grey matter functioning, making us feel healthier and happier. When we feel good, the central nervous system is affected too. And then we are less reactive, less stressed, and less resistant to change. Welcome peace from within.
A few helpful tips to grow your attitude of gratitude · Keep a journal of what your grateful for
Make gratitude a daily habit. It'll take 2-5 minutes, write down 5-10 great things that you are grateful for. Focus only on the positive for it to really make a difference.
· Practice being present.
This is a hard one but catch yourself when the moment you are in escapes you, and gently remind yourself to come back to the moment you are in.
· Think of others.
Become involved in a cause that is important to you. As you become aware of other people who are less fortunate than you, you will start to feel a deeper appreciation for what you do have.
· Share the love with your family and friends.
Cultivate appreciation for others and let them know regularly that you are grateful for them and for what they do for you!
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