An Period of Gratitude Can Transform Your Life

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Many people choose the month of November to reflect on everything for which they are grateful, but practicing gratitude does not necessarily have to be limited to one month a year.

In this episode, you will hear evidence showing that a regular gratitude practice has effects on your brain, your health and your well-being. And be sure to listen to the end to find simple ways to develop a daily gratitude practice.

You’ll want to listen to this episode if you’re interested…
What happened when I decided to focus on gratitude every day for 30 days [2:12]
What the studies show about gratitude [3:25]
Join me for 30 days of intentional gratitude [7:35]
30 days of gratitude changed my life
As I was approaching a round birthday, I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. Deep in the trenches of postpartum feelings, I struggled to find ways to celebrate myself. That’s when I decided to turn the narrative around by finding something every day that I could be grateful for the whole month before my birthday.

Every day during this month, I posted something that I was grateful for in my life. Practicing gratitude at first seemed a little forced and unnatural, but over time it became easier. I discovered that the more I focused on what I was grateful for, the more good things I noticed in my life. Even on the most difficult days, I could always find something to be grateful for.

This simple action has noticeably changed my thought patterns and attitude, but beyond that, it has changed my brain.

Research shows that the regular practice of gratitude alters the brain

Research shows that the practice of gratitude soothes the deep limbic areas of the brain and improves the other judgment centers of the brain.

When we think about something often, we create stronger nerve pathways in our brain.

Brain scans have shown a radical difference in the cerebellum and temporal lobes of those who focus on negative emotions, as opposed to those who focus on gratitude.

Other studies show that people who regularly express gratitude are healthier and more optimistic, make better progress in achieving their goals, feel more comfortable and are more helpful to others.

Cultivating gratitude is an easy way to improve your well-being

Practicing gratitude is one of the easiest ways to improve your well-being-it certainly beats miles of treadmill running!

I used to focus on the challenges in my life, but after training my brain for 30 days, I literally rewired my mindset. My neural connections to gratitude have become stronger than those based on negativity or fears. I rewired my brain and with practice you can do it too.

Cultivating a gratitude practice does not mean that you become too optimistic or that you lose touch with reality, but that you take the time to focus on what is going well in your life. And practicing gratitude simply means stopping for a moment to focus on what is going well in your life in the midst of the difficult things.

Oprah sums it up beautifully by saying, “Being grateful all the time is not easy, but when you feel the least grateful, you need the most of what gratitude can give you – perspective.”

The more you choose to focus on the good, the more your brain will strengthen this neural pathway and you will spend less time thinking about your worries and fears. You may find that your anxiety decreases and you create a more positive attitude towards your life.

Create your own regular gratitude practice

I encourage you to join me for 30 days of gratitude. Over the next 30 days, take a few minutes every day to stop and focus on the positive things in your life among all the challenges.

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