Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. It invites us to consider all of the things in our lives for which we are grateful. When you use your mind to focus on gratitude, it has an amazing ability to shift your focus from all of the negative aspects of your life to appreciate what is positive in your life.
Everything in our lives has the ability to improve when we are grateful. Being grateful can enhance our mood, decrease stress, and drastically improve the overall quality of our lives.
If you currently are not practicing gratitude with a purpose, I would challenge you to start today. Research shows that when we practice gratitude with a purpose, the calming part of your nervous system is triggered which leads to less stress, fatigue, resentment, etc. It also stimulates your brain to be motivated, engaged, productive, and present.
My clients and I practice gratitude with a purpose every day. So, how do you do it? First, ask yourself, “What am I grateful for in my life right now?” The rule of writing a gratitude list is there are no rules except to focus on what is positive in your life. Don't stress if you don't know what to write or where to start. Be realistic and build upon your list each day.
Quick tip: the best time to practice gratitude is when you first wake up in the morning, right before you go to bed and any time you are focusing too much on your problems. There is a law in physics that states no two objects can occupy the same space. Therefore, you cannot be focused on what you are grateful for and focused on your problems at the same time. By design, the two cannot coexist. While this may seem easy in theory, we all know it is not always easy to practice and live it.
We all have so much to be grateful for in our life if we choose to find it and focus on it. Do you want to learn more about how to practice gratitude with a purpose and how to manage your self-talk to achieve your desired results? Please reach out to me, I can definitely help you with that! www.pennvieau.com