We’ve all heard the power of gratitude.
Research is uncovering how it affects us, our brains and our mental health.
Many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed.
Gratitude leads to more positive emotions, better health, greater ability to deal with adversity, and stronger relationships.
One study found that people who expressed gratitude for their partners not only felt more positive toward their partner, but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.
We know the practice of gratitude is good for us, but it doesn’t mean we get around to it.
In business and life in general, we focus much of our time and energy on what we don’t have. What we’re pursuing. The next business deal, 10 lbs. to lose, improved communication…
It’s a by-product of trying to grow and improve ourselves and companies.
But it’s easy for that focus to lead us astray. To unbalance our brains.
Too much attention on what we don’t have can shrink our ability to generate what we want.
Gratitude helps re-balance.
It focuses us on all the goodness already in our lives. The tangibles and intangibles.
So, I loved this 2-week practice I ran across in a blog post by Brigitte van Tuijl.
Her questions make an excellent counterbalance.
- What do you appreciate?
- What’s already working in your business?
- What’s already working in your life?
- What makes you happy now?
- What are you excited about?
- What’s good about you and what you do?
- Where can you already see signs that things are working out for you?
You can read the full post here: https://brigittevantuijl.com/2021/02/18/what-do-you-appreciate-today/
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