As we welcome the month of Thanks Giving, I become more aware of my own Gratefulness Practice. I become more attuned to everything I’m Thankful for, and specially for what I might have been taking for granted. There is so much to be thankful for!
As we know, we have a Negativity Bias that keeps us focused on what we don’t yet have and what we don’t like as a self-preservation mechanism… We look for what is wrong, for “danger”… The brain is actually wired for this… As a result, we tend to miss the awesomeness in our lives. It takes investment and concerted focus to reprogram this bias and not sabotage our life with it…
Gratefulness is a research proven tool that helps rewire the brain (create different neuropathways) and transcend the Negativity Bias tendency and its impact. We cannot be in a state of Gratefulness and fear, anger, anxiety, depression and the rest of our negative states at the same time… With a consistent Practice there are also sustained benefits. A significant one to note, is that the Practice is the easiest investment to Be Happy!
So, I figured let’s start the Season right with the antidote to the Negativity Bias. Let’s be intentional about noticing all the awesomeness in our lives, and not taking anything for granted. Let’s be Thankful for all we have. Let’s embrace a richer Gratefulness Practice.
And, while we are at it, let’s fully embrace the meaning of this season. Here is a compilation of past Blog posts to inspire and guide yours:
ASSIGNMENT: On the next 4 Mondays, in your calendar, create these 7-day recurring Gratefulness Grub™ lunch appointments for their respective weeks –
Week#1 – Everyday at Lunch notice and appreciate what has been awesome so far that day
Week#2 – Everyday at Lunch take a moment to send someone a note of what you appreciate about them
Week#3 – Everyday at Lunch take a moment to send a note to a member of your Family-Of-Origin to thank them for something they’ve contributed to the Family
Week#4 – Everyday at Lunch take a moment to share with your Partner, or another significant person in your life if you are single, something they do that touches your heart
Now, this is what I’m talking about. As you exercise this muscle, you’ll be amazed at the things that come up to appreciate and be Thankful for… We do live a pretty privileged life… As you appreciate what you do have, your Abundance increases… Funny thing that is…
A Grateful heart, is an Abundant heart, is a Happy heart… Fully appreciate…
Complete the Assignment, and share your takeaway, insights, and results with a note in the Comments box at the end! I’d love to hear how you are using this content.
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