As some of you know I have been out on maternity leave for quite some time. Hence the last post on this blog being “Happy New Year!” I’m starting to get my groove back and what a better way to return than with the topic of GRATITUDE!
Every November I designate a tree in my front yard as the gratitude tree and ask my family, friends and neighbors to come by and hang a tag from the tree with what they are grateful for written on it. It’s been a rewarding experience and this year I have added a lot more gratefulness to the month.
I'm celebrating 30 days of gratitude.
At a low point in my life, I discovered the power of gratitude and when I became a life coach I knew I needed to incorporate it into my practice. First let me explain that gratitude is not comparing yourself to someone else. Being thankful that you have a material item or a characteristic quality that another person does not have, is not gratitude.
Gratitude has to come from your heart with blinders on to the rest of the world. It is the knowing that without that item or quality, your life would not be as lovely. It has absolutely nothing to do with other people.
This isn’t just touchy feely talk (as cc likes to call it). Practicing gratitude can actually change your brain chemistry. When you are truly thankful there are higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus (brain) which in turn produces dopamine. We typically hear about dopamine when it comes to exercise. Those feel good hormones that radiate through the body after a good workout. In turn there is an increase in attention, determination, enthusiasm and energy. You are less likely to be depressed and it does increase your desire to exercise and we all know that does a body good.
Over time, as you continue to activate the release of dopamine, your brain will begin to connect the positive evidence and rewire itself and your health! So there are more important reasons to practice gratitude than just wanting to feel good.
I do hope you will join me this month. There is a lot in store for you.
Here is what you can expect…
* updates on the gratitude tree in my front yard (and the opportunity to create your own)
* challenges you can do at home
* a downloadable 30 days of gratitude journal
* why gratitude works
* creative projects
* instagram exercise
* a few other fun tidbits along the way