Updated: May 13
If there was only one thought pattern you focused on each day, I’d suggest gratitude.
Gratitude shifts your perspective. Practicing gratitude and it is a practice, allows your thoughts and emotions to revolve around the Have’s vs The Have Nots.
When we express gratitude, even internally and silently in our minds, our brains release serotonin and dopamine.
We physically feel good, better than the moment pre-existing our gratitude practice. These two neurotransmitters enhance our mood and make us feel happier from the inside out.
When you feel good, you see good, you experience good, and gratitude becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
This needs not be profound. we can be grateful for the oxygen expanding our lungs, for the sun in the sky, or the rain that falls on the earth. We can notice the magic of a light switch or thermostat.
Even the bills that arrive can be viewed from a perspective of gratitude. Access to water is matter of survival, while internet inner homes isn’t just a matter of enjoyment, it can educate and enlighten us.
Why is gratitude a practice? It is not easy to embrace what we can be grateful for, especially in times of fear and the uncertainty.
It can feel flippant to be grateful for the nurses and medical technology when we are being treated for a terminal illness. It can appear insensitive when we seek the opportunity in the challenge of letting an employee go, or being fired ourselves.
When we choose to be grateful, we practice feeling good. We prioritize our mental health and emotional well-being. We train our brain and body to be strong when we need it most.
Practicing gratitude daily, sometimes even hourly, has provided countless people with the tenacity and fortitude to get through even the darkest times. How can you bring gratitude into your day?