Scientifically proven benefits of gratitude practice to rewire your brain and help you achieve happiness and success year-round.
“Your brain at positive performs significantly better (31% better) than it does at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, and your energy levels rise.” Shawn Achor, PhD., in The Happiness Advantage
Close your eyes, take a deep breath:
slow inhale filling your lungs and belly, hold at the top, exhale with a sigh.
If someone said that you already have everything you need to be happy, successful and to build the life you always wanted, would you believe it? Well, I am telling you YOU DO! It’s in you and I am here to teach you how to reach it.
This holiday season, we are about to face an abundance of food and people! Whether you are excited (or nervous) about the holiday parties and numerous interactions, this is a great time to start a new practice and habit: gratitude. Focusing on what’s good and working (gratitude) can make this time easier, better and more enjoyable for you and everyone around you.
This simple gratitude practice can actually impact you for life! Gratitude cultivates happiness, and happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and more productive.
That’s why I am inviting you to join me in this Gratitude Week Project.
For 7 days in November, you will receive an email with a gratitude quote, a gratitude prompt, a mantra (if you are into it) and a couple of extras (including Enneagram!) to get you started to cultivate, or continue to cultivate, a gratitude practice.
At the end of the 7 days, you will have a toolbox full of strategies to support you in your gratitude practice journey AND a new attitude that will make you a better leader, a better entrepreneur, and a better person.
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How much difference can gratitude make in your life?
Consciously practicing gratitude can be a real life-changer.
The benefits of consciously practicing gratitude are science-backed and fairly well documented. Gratitude literally rewires your brain. Even a simple gratitude writing practice builds lasting neural sensitivity to more positive thinking. That means the more you practice gratitude, the more you default to positivity instead of negativity.
Positive thinking leads to optimism, good leadership and ultimately success. There’s a surprising amount of research on the benefits of gratitude. The Greater Good Science Center has so much good information here (this is a great article), pure science and totally related to our modern lives.
So, some of the results you can expect from a continuous gratitude practice are:
for the individual:
– increases happiness and positive mood
– less likely to experience burnout
– better physical and mental health
– better sleep
– less fatigue
– lower levels of cellular inflammation
– greater resiliency
– increases patience, humility, and wisdom
– better problem-solving capacities
– increases prosocial behaviors
– strengthens relationships
– increases employees’ effectiveness, collaboration, and productivity
– increases job motivation and satisfaction
– increases the company’s bottom line
If you’re looking for ways to foster a positive attitude, improve your health, deepen your relationships and get more enjoyment out of life, try this gratitude project and find out for yourself how much better life can be when you make gratitude a priority.
Photo creds: Brad Neathery
What is The Gratitude Week?
The Gratitude Week Project is a week we intentionally dedicate to fostering a new attitude of gratitude by pushing us to look for the good around us, big or small, and express thankfulness for all of it.
I know that there are several gratitude challenges on the web and on social media. While each is a little different from the next, they all share the same idea: each day you focus on finding things (or people) you’re grateful to have in your life, and then you express your gratitude. Some are structured, others are free-flowing.
So, which one is the right one? While I can’t answer that question for you, I will say that structured challenges help us pass the “I’m grateful for my family and life” phase and help us cultivate a deeper state of mindfulness where we become more present and start really paying attention to the world around us. We appreciate the simple things and recognize the positive aspects of even the most difficult and challenging situations.
The more we practice looking for the positive the better problem-solvers we become, as positive, workable solutions come to mind more quickly.
Hence, there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Simply starting and finding what comes most naturally to you is the best start.
Photo creds: Brigitte Tohm
What you can expect in this program
– Daily journal prompts: to help you explore your surroundings and dig deeper into your gratitude muscles
– Daily inspirations: from the world’s most successful, inspirational and mindful people
– Daily mantras: to help you create new neuropathways and bring you to a profound state of gratitude
– Breathing exercises: to help you stay present, focused and calm the body
– live IG TV shows connecting our practice with your Enneagram type: to tap into our personality style to take more advantage of this practice
If you decide to extend this gratitude practice into a gratitude month or even gratitude year, I am also giving you extra resources to keep you going
Don’t miss it!
“We’re finding it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change our happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.” Shawn Achor
I am offering you that lens.
We start on November 11, 2019
Are you in?
See you there.
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