Thanksgiving: The meaning is in the name. We set this day aside to show thanks for the bounteous lives we love. When we reach that state of gratitude, somewhere between pumpkin pie and football, it can be a blissful and deeply profound experience. The following are some tips on how to keep that feeling throughout the year.
Practice makes perfect
In a recent study published in NY Magazine, researchers studied the effects that practicing gratitude have on the brain. Subjects were required to perform tasks ranging from writing letters of gratitude to keeping a gratitude journal followed by assignments to “pay it forward.” Participants across the board reported feeling less depressed and better in general and their brain scans backed that feeling up with measurable results. They had essentially rewired their brains to feel grateful!
Oprah said so
One of the many great things that Oprah has done for us is to bring to light the “gratitude journal.” She started the practice of writing down 5 things she was grateful for every day. It may seem a bit “woo-woo” to you but again, there is science to back it up! Neurons that fire together, wire together. The simple act of focusing and writing down what you are grateful for puts new pathways in place, making it more and more natural to be in that grateful space every day.
How to do it for yourself
- Write it down: Everyday write down 5 things that you are grateful for, focusing on things that bring you joy.
- Get into the routine: Commit to 10 days at first. Keep a journal, put it in your phone, or get a gratitude accountability partner.
- Repeat! The more you practice, the stronger your gratitude muscles get.
We challenge you to put gratitude into your daily routines during these days leading up to the Thanksgiving. However that looks for you, we are certain it can make a real difference in your life and leave you feeling happier, better and more grateful!