Week 6: Gratitude

Our thoughts are addictive.

Did you know that we pensivehave around one hundred thousand of them a day and that eighty to ninety percent of those thoughts are the same ones being repeated over and over again?

These thoughts create a groove in our brain, and our body and emotions are hardwired to respond. The emotional and physical responses then feed back into our thoughts, reinforcing the pattern, deepening the groove.

Did you know that it’s impossible for you to have even one angry thought without at least one muscle in your body tensing up?

Dis-ease in the body takes on a whole new level of meaning when you understand all of this. As powerful as our minds are, we can only have one thought at a time. In other words, it’s impossible to have an angry thought and a grateful thought simultaneously.

Which one will you choose? Consider this when making your decision:  

Source: http://happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/

We understand that in order to get bigger muscles, we must train regularly; to succeed on a test requires studying (for most people anyway). The more you practice, the better you get.

It’s the same with gratitude. You might have to fake it for a while, but as your gratitude muscle grows stronger, so will your ability to attract more like thoughts and more things to be grateful for.

Grateful people have magnetism, charm and they’re fun to be around because they take responsibility for their own happiness. Anyone can be a grateful person.

Here are some suggestions to get started and to stay the course:

Goal Suggestions for Week 6:

1. Start a gratitude journal: Every night before bed, go over your day and write down a minimum of 5 things you were grateful for

2. When you catch yourself thinking negatively, gently forgive yourself

3. Actively replace habitual, negative thought patterns with a personal mantra or affirmation

4. Give a prayer of thanks before every meal

5. Express your gratitude directly to the people in your life

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