Several studies have validated the practice of gratitude as a positive brain-changer. The research confirms that the daily practice of gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships. It can keep us from getting stuck in negative emotions, create a growth mind set, and build resilience during times of struggle. In one study, for example, the brain scans of individuals who practiced only eight weeks of gratitude had a stronger brain structure for social cognition and empathy. It also showed a strengthening in the circuits that process reward. What this says to me is that gratitude creates a virtuous circle of connection to ourselves, our world, and the people in it. Here are our top five reasons to get your gratitude on.
"The birds they sang at the break of day. Start again I heard them say. Don't dwell on what has passed away or what is yet to be. Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything ... That’s how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
Recently I found some inspiration at a lumber yard in Sanford. DIY projects are usually not my thing. But, anything that may inspire hope and healing for clients? I'd even go to the lumber yard for that.
How many times this past holiday season did you had to say that statement to one or several of your children? Be honest. A new year is a great time to practice kindness within your family system. Not sure how to actually do that? Do not fear. Harvard just released a study sharing several ways to raise nicer kinds (and who doesn’t want that, right?!):