Tuesday November 24, 2015

The Power of Gratitude
posted by #barrebabe Katelyn

The Power of Gratitude
Thanksgiving is a time for, well, giving thanks. It is nice to sit around the table and declare what or who we are grateful for. Some people create lists; others bask in the spirit of the season. For some, it is a time for relaxation and family. 
We all have those days (or months!) where life is rough - whether professionally, personally, or physically. Our spirits feel downtrodden, weak, and uninspired. While we can't always avoid those periods of life, we certainly can choose how we respond to them. Herein lies the secret of gratitude
Our brains have habits of thinking, well-worn pathways due to consistent trains of thoughts. Thankfully, our brains have the wonderful ability to build new pathways, provided we actively control where we allow our thoughts to wander.
This is where it is useful to establish habits of gratitude. 
Luckily for us all, there are many ways to train your brain in more positive mental states. Here are just a few tips for increasing our awareness of the gifts surrounding us.
  1. Spend 5 - 10 minutes every morning meditating on your goals and how much you have accomplished - whether that is professional, personal, or physical. Take pride in what you have achieved and feel inspired to continue your journey.
  2. Express gratitude through journaling or verbal affirmation.  Actively reach out to a friend that has been there for you to give thanks. 
  3. Seek out the good and the beautiful in people.  Someone maybe be challenging or you may feel challenged, but can you learn from that experience and grow.  

#barrebabe, Katelyn