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Practicing gratitude

I’ve long had a daily practice in my home that we find energising and uplifting.  We like to do it as a family, but it’s just as useful as a couple, or on your own.  Here are the questions you might ask: 

What was your best moment today?

What are you grateful for right now?

What are you most looking forward to tomorrow?

These questions counteract our natural tendency to notice problems and risks more than the good stuff.  Our negativity bias has been important for keeping us safe, for helping us be happy its not so hot!

Gratitude is good for mental health, many studies have shown this.  Each day finding unique things to celebrate and notice can make a substantial difference to the quality of your life.  It trains the mind to notice the small stuff, the good stuff, the heart-warming stuff.  Seeking it out gives you a little hit of dopamine.  Savouring brings in the serotonin.  Feel good hormones, free of charge, just by focusing on what you appreciate and anticipate.

Why not give it a try and let me know how it goes? 


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