3 Heartfelt Methods For More Gratitude

 Source | Darcy Lawrey

Source | Darcy Lawrey

Thanksgiving offers the moment to bond with family and friends and reflect on what we are truly grateful for. Saying “thank you” has a significant impact on the human spirit. It is proven to improve happiness, lower stress and depression. It fosters a sense of well-being in a compassionate and uplifting sense.

Although we have great intentions to give thanks, it can be difficult to express gratitude when we feel like crap at times. However, staying focus on one simple thankful feeling can shift our attitude entirely and with practice, it can be ongoing well past Thanksgiving. You are capable of retraining your brain and here are three methods to get you started:

Eye Thank You

I got into the practice of looking someone in the eye and simply saying, “Thank You.” This can be after someone holds the door for me, when I am handed a grocery receipt from a cashier, or when a family member or friend offers to give me a hand. There is something so beautifully human about making a connection with the eyes. It applies heartfelt sincerity and authenticity.

In addition, it gently boosts a dose of healthy dopamine- one of the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness, love and reward. I recommend that you give it a try with everyone starting on this day of thanks and giving.

1..2..3 Sleep

Counting your blessings can be done in a multiple ways, whether if you choose to write it in a designated gratitude journal or state it verbally like an affirmation. I had a friend who could not commit to writing his blessings every day. Often times he would forget or would make an excuse since he hated routines.

One day on the night of the new moon, he came up with the idea of counting his blessings in his head as he would wind down to sleep. As simple as it sounded, it was brilliant because it promised a good mood right before slumber. He would mentioned how well rested he would feel since he began the practice.

Pause For The Pause

These days it is so easy to get distracted. We tend to focus on the wrong things – reevaluating past errors we made, the endless to-do list, work drama and worries that don’t exist. We notice countless things that are negative instead of focusing on what went well.

Back when I was working as a radiation therapist, we had this practice prior to treating a patient. We would “Pause for the Cause”. We took a moment or pause to make sure we identify the correct patient, treating the correct area of the body and ensured that the number of treatments reflected what was recorded in the books. If everything was correct, we were positive to proceed forward.

Even though the practice is far from what everyone does these days, the same principle can be applied in real life. By taking a moment to pause, we can reflect on the good things that are happening in our life right now. We begin to train our brains to streamline consciously towards the path of positivity.