Growing in Gratitude Builds Stronger Bonds of Love
Counting up Blessings
We all know we should ‘count our blessings’; but did you realize that doing so gives tons of positive effects, including promoting loving feelings and happiness?
Half Full or Half Empty?
Finding “the positives” is easier for some than others. We’re naturally wired to either be in one of two categories; we see the glass half full or half empty. My husband is the former. I am the latter. But I’ve discovered that it’s possible to grow and expand the “gratitude” muscle. If you’d like to enlarge your capacity for appreciation, check out these following ideas.
1.) Ready, aim, focus
You may want to set an intention for yourself to focus on cultivating gratitude for at least month. We generally hit what we aim for. Start by focusing on the things YOU are doing that are commendable.
2.)Smile, this is your life!
The incredible thing is that these smiles don't even need to be deeply felt. But in the very act themselves, Neurotransmitters called endorphins are triggered by the movements of the muscles in our face. Our brain responds to these movements by releasing the chemicals, endorphins, which are responsible for making us feel happy, and content.
3.) Grab a notepad by your bed
Each night, before going to sleep, jot down these observations from the day:
4.) Look up and out
5.) Keep it goin'
Upon completion of your month long journey, you may want to continue honing your abilities. Here's just a few ideas for you.
6.) For the brave and daring
Avoid negative media and movies with destructive content.
Yeah, I know, #6 is a real doozy, right?!! Well, that's the one I'm working on now. Do I have any takers? I'd love to have some company!